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  • Want to Prevent Frozen Pipes? Here's How.

    Home Improvement Articles from Networx
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
      When outdoor temperatures drop and cold winds blow, your water pipes are in danger. Inclement conditions can cause them to freeze. Or rather, the water inside will freeze, expanding as it does so. The ice thus formed acts as a plug. It blocks the pipe and causes pressure to build up between the frozen section and the closed faucet further downstream.  See full article.
  • Friday Favorites: Organized Pantry, 2015 Planner Printables, Jobs for Kids + more!

    I'm an Organizing Junkie
    Laura
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Hi friends, how are you on this fabulous Friday day?  I am in the throes of birthday planning for my soon to be 9 year old tomorrow.  He has gone crazy with how he wants the day to go.  I made the mistake of telling him that he was born at 4 in the morning […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Organized Pantry, 2015 Planner Printables, Jobs for Kids + more!
  • How To Start A Fire

    Instructables: exploring - outside - popular
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    What You Will Need · Small Sticks · Dry Grass/Leaves · Lighter/Matches (Optional) · Knife (Optional) · Logs · Water · Large Rocks/Fire pit (Optional) · Axe (Optional) · Shovel (Optional) · Protective Gloves/ Glasses Precautions WARNING: Building a fire ...By: lidianesci01Continue Reading »
  • How to Make a Clay Volcano

    How to of the Day
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you have to make a model of a volcano for school, a science fair, or just for fun? Well, it's easy and cheap. Just look here and you'll have an awesome volcano! Steps Making the Clay Pour 1 cup of warm water into a large bowl. Add food coloring to the water. Six drops of red and 1 or 2 drops of green should make brown. Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Mix with water and food coloring as well as you can. Pour 4 cups of flour into a separate large bowl. This should be normal, all purpose flour. Mix 1 ½ cups of table salt into the flour. Mix the flour mixture into the water mixture. Mix and…
  • 5 Simple Strategies for Being on Time

    I'm an Organizing Junkie
    Laura
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    So last week I accidentally blew up my Facebook page.  I shared a link from a fellow I don’t even know who wrote an article on how people who are constantly late are selfish and rude.  Well people took umbrage to such a statement and oh the defending of the lateness that ensued.  Now I […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Simple Strategies for Being on Time
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  • PieceMaker Factory: A Glimpse Into The Future of Toys?

    Marc de Vinck
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Late Friday night I saw what may be the future of toys, or at least something completely unique at my local Toys'R'Us. Read more on MAKE
  • Building a Desktop Music Streamer From A Car Stereo

    Cabe Atwell
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
      Listening to audio and radio stations on the internet usually involves using a PC or mobile device to do so. That’s no longer the case as an engineer and audiophile named Chris (of niston cloud) designed a stand-alone Hi-Fi internet receiver component that can be connected to independent sound […]Read more on MAKE
  • Cyclone Dust Separator Made From A Trash Can

    Cabe Atwell
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    TabLeft’s Cyclone Dust Separator utilizes a Thien baffle and shop vac to keep work areas free from debris. It can be constructed using common items found in most workshops, including plywood and PVC pipe. Read more on MAKE
  • Cool Crowdfunding Nov. 22: Landspeeders to Rope Making and Conductive Ink Erasers

    Caleb Kraft
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:01 am
    The Landspeeder Project see on kickstarter Phoeard see on kickstarter Whisker IoT see on kickstarter Safari Trike see on kickstarter Winglights see on kickstarter Rope-o-matic see on kickstarter  Erasable Circuit Marker see on kickstarter   Filed under: Crowdfunding, General, HacksRead more on MAKE
  • Check Out the New All-Metal Printrbot Plus

    Mike Senese
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:47 pm
    3D printer maker Printrbot continues its evolution into a more mature industrial design with the release of the new metal Printrbot Plus. Read more on MAKE
 
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  • Shower Water Pressure

    Tim Carter
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Donna Bunai has a few complaints about the water pressure inside her shower. She lives in Shirley, New York. "I have a problem with the water coming out of my shower . It used to be perfect, no problems.  We had all new plumbing done about a year a go. Now the water comes out normal but then drops down to a sprinkle . We ripped the wall off behind the shower and it is bone dry. We have one knob for the hot and cold water and when you pull the pin on the faucet you have to pull hard to get some pressure and there's no water that comes out of that faucet." Donna, I've been a master plumber…
  • Metal Shed Condensation Prevention

    Tim Carter
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    John Sneddon, who hails from Glasgow, Scotland in the United Kingdom just purchased a metal shed and realizes he could have an issue with condensation. "Hi there, I have just purchased a Yardmaster 10ft x 13ft Metal Shed but have just found out that these are prone to condensation inside. What I am looking to do is raise this shed with CLS treated timber around the sides with some foam inulaton then clad them off etc. this would be about 1 to 1.5ft high and replace the door as it will not fit due to it being raised. Can you tell me if this is correct please: For a moisture barrier below…
  • Best Basement Flooring

    Tim Carter
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Heidi Halvorson had a sewage backup in her Rushford, MN home. Guess what happened to her flooring? "What kind of flooring do you suggest for a basement? We put a laminate board type thing down (suggested by Menards) but had a sewer backup and the flooring is curling around the edges. We need to replace, but what would be the best choice for a manageable dollar amount?" Heidi, this is a great question. Sorry about the sewage issue. The best choice, in my opinion, that will kill two birds with one stone would be vinyl tile. Realize I'm not talking about the 12x12 square tiles you see in the…
  • Blueprint Ownership

    Tim Carter
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Glen and Sandra Schweickert built a new home twelve years ago. Let them fill you in. "We bought a brand new home in 2002 from a regional builder. They went bankrupt in 2007. We would like to build a new home using the same plans and blueprints from the house we now have that was built by the regional builder. This second new home would be in a town about 100 miles away from where we now live. Do we own the blueprints on our current home? Are we allowed to use them with the changes to build our new home?" Glen and Sandra, I'm not an attorney and it's illegal for me to dispense legal…
  • November 21, 2014 AsktheBuilder Weekend Warrior

    Tim Carter
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    I'll try to make this as fast as possible, but there's so much to share. ACCCCKKKK! First, guess what arrived at my home JUST AFTER I sent out the Tuesday newsletter? An amazing long-sleeved pull-over shirt I ordered from Duluth Trading. OMG is it comfortable! I'm going to order a second one for sure and they make a very similar shirt for women too. The shirt has a button v-neck a cool sort of popped collar something like a turtleneck. It's hard to describe, but it is so comfortable. Listen to what one subscriber told me on Wednesday about the Fire Hose pants: "I bought a pair of the Fire…
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  • Holiday Plumbing Prep Checklist: Are You Ready for Guests?

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Holiday guests don’t just put a strain on your nerves, they’ll strain your plumbing, too. Guests already have a way of taxing your bed space and living space. The last thing you need is a plumbing problem on top of it all. Get yourself ready to handle the extra capacity, and avoid getting one of “those” looks from your mother-in-law, with this holiday plumbing prep checklist. Complete all these steps, and you just may survive the holiday season without any major plumbing mishaps. Cover the Drains More people in the house means more hair and debris going…
  • 6 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Appear Larger

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    In nearly everyone's home there's one room in particular that is smaller than the rest, and that's the bathroom. There's a way around that though, or at least to make it appear to be larger than it is, and that's by using a little visual deception, and a lot of creativity. Here's a few ideas to get you started. Wall Color Is Key The color you pick can give the appearance of a large or small room. Colors that work best in small spaces are ones that the light will shine back from. These include soft whites, pastels and...
  • 10 Steps to the Ultimate Guest Room

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Clear the clutter, make room in the closet, and freshen the sheets and blankets! The holiday guests will be arriving before you can blink an eye. But those are just the usual things you do before your overnight guests arrive. How about making it an experience they will never forget? Here are ten ways to do just that. Step 1 - In this day and age of smart phones and tablets, it is always useful for your guests to have access to your wifi code. Rather than verbally giving the code each time a new guest arrives, think about making...
  • How to Prep Your Kitchen for Thanksgiving

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    The holidays are a time for family, friends and feasting. You can add fun and freedom from stress to the list by getting prepared early. While the dining room and bathroom are typical areas that receive a lot of attention in the days before the holiday, don't forget about the hub of it all: the kitchen. We share 8 things to get in tip-top shape before the turkey arrives. Get Your Oven Ready If it’s your turn to host Thanksgiving this year, self-clean your oven in October. Yes, about six weeks in advance. The cleaning cycle on your oven can...
  • Inexpensive DIY Holiday Centerpieces and Decorations

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    Decorating for the holidays with your family is a timeless tradition that brings joy and holiday spirit into your home. But, that doesn't mean it can't also be frustrating. The holiday season gets earlier and earlier every year, with stores displaying their holiday merchandise well before Thanksgiving. And, have you ever noticed that it seems like all the stores carry the same types of decorations? The same wreaths, candles, knick knacks and centerpieces. So this year, why not make your own holiday decorations? The designs below are simple, inexpensive, and totally unique. Wreaths Wreaths,…
 
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  • How to Deep Fry a Turkey

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This delicious, alternative way to cook a turkey is an extremely popular dish in the United States, particularly around the Thanksgiving period. Because deep frying a turkey is less time-consuming than using an oven or rotisserie grill, many are choosing to spend less time fretting over the turkey and more time celebrating with friends and family, while still enjoying a delicious turkey dinner. Ingredients 11 Lb turkey (see Tips) patted dry, inside and out neck and giblets removed from cavity pop-up timer removed wire or plastic truss that holds the legs in place removed completely thawed;…
  • How to Remove Tree Stumps

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If you recently cut down a tree in your yard, you have several options for getting rid of the unsightly stump. You can dig it up by hand, grind it, burn it, or use a chemical stump remover. Choose the method that works best for the root system you're dealing with. See Step 1 and beyond to learn how to remove your tree stump. Steps Digging Out the Stump Dig around the roots. Use a shovel to dig next to the stump, exposing the roots underneath the surrounding dirt. Move around the circumference of the stump and continue digging until you've exposed all of the largest roots around the tree. Dig…
  • How to Make a Clay Volcano

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Do you have to make a model of a volcano for school, a science fair, or just for fun? Well, it's easy and cheap. Just look here and you'll have an awesome volcano! Steps Making the Clay Pour 1 cup of warm water into a large bowl. Add food coloring to the water. Six drops of red and 1 or 2 drops of green should make brown. Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil. Mix with water and food coloring as well as you can. Pour 4 cups of flour into a separate large bowl. This should be normal, all purpose flour. Mix 1 ½ cups of table salt into the flour. Mix the flour mixture into the water mixture. Mix and…
  • How to Make Pumpkin Mousse

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Pumpkin mousse is a sweet and frothy dessert, that is enjoyable any time of the year, especially after Thanksgiving dinner. Here is how to make pumpkin mousse. Yields 8 servings Ingredients 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup (50g) sugar 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin or pumpkin puree 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 cup (240 ml) cold milk 1 carton (4 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed Steps Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until achieving a smooth and creamy mixture. Add and beat the pumpkin in slowly. Blend…
  • How to Spot a Fake Review on Amazon

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    If you use reviews on Amazon.com to make purchasing decisions, be aware that not all reviews are impartial. Friends, relatives, and paid reviewers may leave glowing 5-star reviews, while enemies and rivals may hope to damage the item's reputation with 1-star "put-down" reviews -- all without revealing their personal association, bias, or financial incentive. How can you tell if a review has a hidden agenda?  Steps Spotting a Fake Review Consider the length and tone of the review: If the review is very short, it may be a fake. If the writer just wants to affect the overall score, their main…
 
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    The Kitchen Designer

  • Thos. Moser and The Cumberland Collection - Maine Meets Scandinavia

    Susan Serra, CKD
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    I visited rural Maine last fall, at the invitation of the folks at Thos. Moser to experience the entirety of the Thos. Moser brand, from design to the crafting process in the factory to viewing the pieces in their beautiful showroom. The new Cumberland collection brings this experience full circle to me. During the year following that visit, every time I thought of the experience of those few days spent in Maine, which was week after week, I was overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed by the people, the processes and the incredible detail of their work along with their dedication and the brand…
  • Customize Your Countertops With Concrete

    Susan Serra, CKD
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    My colleague, Laurie Laizure, founder of the Google+ Community: Interior Design Community sees products, talks to manufacturers, designers and others in the design community every day and one of those products is concrete, which we see used in so many different ways in home design. Laurie has shared with me that she has a "thing" for concrete, and here are her thoughts on this interesting material. Thanks for your insights on concrete, Laurie! In Laurie's words ... I have a confession. Born and raised in New Hampshire (also known as “The Granite State”), it feels a little wrong…
  • Miele Appliances - It's Really All About The Food

    Susan Serra, CKD
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Last fall I attended a press event in Seattle with representatives from Miele, in part, to be up close and personal with Miele appliances via an extended and relaxed cooking session, the focus of the 2 day event. What I didn't expect was that the entirety of the event would be one soulful experience after another which blew my mind, and I'm very serious, so this post may be a little emotional, expressive, and whatever else comes out into text. I'm here to tell you that Miele, that precision engineered, sleek, elegant, highly designed, upscale brand, has a whole lot of soul not so far…
  • Tile Trends 2014

    Susan Serra, CKD
    23 Feb 2014 | 4:49 am
    Having just returned as a guest of Tile of Spain, after attending Cevisama, held in Valencia, Spain, one of the largest tile industry shows, I have compiled a list of tile trends you will want to know about NOW. Just a note - have you seen Tile of Spain's website? It's GOOD - filled with information, quick ship products and easy and fast to navigate. Worth a mention and a visit. Based on studying my images (over 3,000), here are the tile trends that I spotted on the show floor. Many are continuing strong trends from previous years. Other peripheral trends, at an early stage, are venturing…
  • Tile of Spain - Tradition and Innovation Defined

    Susan Serra, CKD
    20 Feb 2014 | 7:40 am
    Last Week I was a guest of Tile of Spain on a trip that immersed our small group in Spanish history, culture, and tile innovation as we attended the fantastic tile fair, Cevisama, an image of the fair below. To experience Spain in this 360 degree way allowed me to connect the dots from historic art and tile to modern, quite incredible architecture, to innovative food still grounded in tradition, to stunning, modern tile design and impressive technological advances in tile, all of which has shown me that there is a great energy and spirit for design across many disciplines. The desire and…
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    Rambling Renovators

  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    A sweet bathroom makeoverA bright and colourful laundry roomGrowth is optionalNot one but two pretty house toursJane's beautiful bunk roomFun to see how one room inspired many othersI've seen so many instances of negativity online lately. I'd rather embrace positivity.Tips for going freelanceA few more tried and true purchases to share with you this week. Only four weeks till Christmas! Eek!:1. Do you have a design fan on your shopping list? You'll want to pick up Sarah Style by Sarah Richardson. You'll recognize many of the photos from her shows but Sarah goes really in depth in…
  • Hot Chocolate and Mini Pancakes

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    With the back porch done, I've been looking for any excuse to spend time outside and enjoy this space before it gets too cold. Luckily, I didn't have to look far for inspiration. It was Sean's birthday this week and Chloe has been asking me to make him a special treat so while the two of them were off at ballet class, I put together this small but fun celebration.I've come to appreciate these types of celebrations more and more... simple pleasures, easy to prepare but special enough to remember. Nothing was overly styled or planned, just a simple menu of hot chocolate and pancakes.I've been…
  • A MERRY Felt Mini Stocking

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    If there's one thing I love about the holidays, it's how you get transported back to simpler times. Baking sweet goods, making handmade gifts, writing Christmas cards to faraway friends... the holidays encourage you to make and do and truly give of yourself.If you're looking for ways to bring the handmade into your holidays, then find your inspiration right here in the pages of Merry. Put together by Melissa of The Sweet Escape and 15 contributors (myself included!), Merry provides creative and original ideas on how to enjoy a truly one of a kind holiday season.{click image to open Merry}The…
  • The Love List

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    design by CocorrinaThis. Download it for your phone or desktop. The joy of having a strong-willed childThis video is so true about the things children doA playful advent calendarA super tiny apartmentCheck, check, check. All 8 of these things are cluttering my house.Adorable sewn ornamentsThe good kind of melted snowmanDIY Christmas Trees? Clever!And just like that, it's shopping season. In case you're hitting the malls this weekend, I thought I'd share some tried and true purchases and deals I've found lately...1. This ticking stripe duvet cover is what I have on my bed right now.
  • Holiday Marquee Sign

    Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    It's beginning to look a little like Christmas over here. The tree isn't up (yet!) but I've been making a few crafts. One new addition to my decor is this holiday marquee sign.  You can never have enough sparkle for the holidays, right? You can see the How To over on the BLACKS blog. I used this tool kit to punch those tiny perfect holes. If you have a crafter to buy for, this makes a great gift. I use the utility knife and scissors all the time and the punches work on everything from scrapbook paper to leather.Speaking of crafts, you're in for a treat! On Monday, #MerryMag launches with…
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  • Stories of my Life

    Kit
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    So, remember when I was all blase about giving a comprehensive guide to all the things you know about renovating a room? I’m 1500 words in to a damn electrical guide, and I bet it’s, oh, a third of the way done? I’m super excited about it, but I’m still fighting this feeling that I have to post something, and that thing is nowhere near ready. Instead, there’s this… That’s an electrician working on my pole. At the top of a 30′ ladder.  Balancing in the raised bucket of my tractor. In 16-degree weather. Actually, this isn’t so much of a…
  • Thwarted By My Own Mess

    Kit
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    OH HAI. That’s the mudroom of my house. It had been steadily collecting more and more tools and general debris, the further I get in to this bathroom remodel. The bathroom itself looks like this… And the master bedroom–across the hall from the currently-in-progress bathroom– looks like this… I’ve been managing this way for a few weeks, and by “managing” I mean I’ve stubbed my toe three times and fell off a step ladder (that was balanced precariously on a bunch of debris) once. It’s also all of sixteen degrees outside right now, so…
  • Settling In For Winter

    Kit
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:32 pm
    It’s about that time, you guys. I woke up one morning last week and the farm looked like this… That’s definitely snow. A light smattering of snow, but still… The Nugs were not amused. It’s happening already… Honestly, to some degree I feel like last winter gave me such and epic beating (body and soul) that as soon as three flakes of snow fall from the sky I flinch and want to run and hide, but there are still things that need to be done around the farm. So, this weekend was for chores and settling in. I packed all the garden and lawn gear into my fenced in…
  • All The Little Things: One Small Room Remodel

    Kit
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The recent bathroom remodel has set me thinking about all kinds of different things. Like how much drywall dust one human can reasonably inhale before becoming a plaster-cast statue of themselves. But also about all the little things that go into remodeling a room, no matter how big or small. Do you know how many tools I’ve used in that one little bathroom? All of them. When I started this blog, I shared a lot of stories about “things I tried.” Not necessarily things that worked, or things I did well, just my own personal, “well, shit, let’s give this a…
  • Trenches & Drywall

    Kit
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    First off, I have to say thanks to everyone who read and commented on my post earlier this week, which was a little bit of a departure from the usual sawdust and beer and hugging chickens that goes on around here, but no less a part of my story. In some ways I feel like my whole life is one big deviation from “the the stories we usually hear” and I suppose that’s why I’m compelled to share, and to be as authentic about it as possible (without, you know, oversharing.) And it’s always humbling to hear that my words resonate with other people, too. So, you know,…
 
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  • Washi Tape Stemware Labels

    Laura
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. A few weeks ago I admitted one of my hostessing faux pas and how I made an organized drink station to solve the problem. Today I’ll share a quick-fix for yet another entertaining oversight I’ve made in the past. Recently we […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Washi Tape Stemware Labels
  • Friday Favorites: Organized Pantry, 2015 Planner Printables, Jobs for Kids + more!

    Laura
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Hi friends, how are you on this fabulous Friday day?  I am in the throes of birthday planning for my soon to be 9 year old tomorrow.  He has gone crazy with how he wants the day to go.  I made the mistake of telling him that he was born at 4 in the morning […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Friday Favorites: Organized Pantry, 2015 Planner Printables, Jobs for Kids + more!
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Laura
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Melanie at Melanie Makes. One of the things that I love to have on hand for a quick breakfast, especially amid the holiday chaos, are muffins.  There’s something about a fresh from the oven muffin that is just hard to resist!  Muffins are also my usual […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • 5 Simple Strategies for Being on Time

    Laura
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    So last week I accidentally blew up my Facebook page.  I shared a link from a fellow I don’t even know who wrote an article on how people who are constantly late are selfish and rude.  Well people took umbrage to such a statement and oh the defending of the lateness that ensued.  Now I […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> 5 Simple Strategies for Being on Time
  • Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 17/14

    Laura
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Hi friends, thank you so much for all your support and encouragement on last week’s post when I shared my recent diagnoses with you regarding my autoimmune disease.  I was so scared to share it for some reason but you all made my day and gave me a real boost of confidence in knowing that […]Click here to keep reading on the blog -----> Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 17/14
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  • Headlight Lens Restoration

    The Handyguys
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Over time the headlights on your car or Handyguy Hauler may not shine at full brightness. The lenses may need restoration. The Handyguys produced a video comparing a commercial product for headlight lens restoration and tried an oft mentioned DIY hack for headlight lens restoration. Commercial Headlight Lens Restoration There are many product that a DIYer can use for headlight lens restoration. Handyguy Paul use the Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit available at Amazon. DIY Hack headlight lens restoration, toothpaste! If you want to try a DIY hack for restoring your headlight lens then many…
  • How to Choose Security Lighting

    The Handyguys
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Security lighting is an inexpensive way to upgrade your homes safety and curb appeal. In this video we discuss How to Choose Security Lighting. The key to home security lighting is that it has motion sensing abilities AND dusk to dawn. You dont want your home security lighting coming on during the day and also there is no need to have it on when no one is nearby. We discuss several Security Lighting options in the video. Decorative home security lighting If you are shopping for new lights then make sure you purchase ones with built in dusk to day and motion sensing capabilities. Your…
  • How to Organize your Home Network Wiring

    The Handyguys
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    In today’s modern house we often have many different bits of low voltage network or video cables. Getting them organized makes for easy troubleshooting and allows for changes and easy upgrades. Watch this video on How to Organize your Home Network Wiring. One key thing for your home networking cable runs will be a patch panel. Patch Panel for Home Network Wiring Click this image for a patch panel like the one Handyguy Paul uses. You may also want to check out an older video on home networking here http://www.handyguyspodcast.com/3054/wired-networking/ The post How to Organize your…
  • Repair Flat Tire riding lawn mower or Wheelbarrow

    The Handyguys
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    The tire on your wheelbarrow, lawn tractor, snow blower or other piece of equipment goes flat. How do you repair a flat tire on riding lawn mower? If its not obviously punctured, and if you can get air into i,t you may be able to get back to work quickly. Repair a Flat Tire video Repair a Flat Tire tools All you need is a strap and an air pump! Watch the video for instructions. Click the image to see some straps at Amazon. We used an air filler like this one. We connected it to a small air compressor. Click the image for this and other combo gauges / fillers at Amazon.   The post…
  • 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…
 
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  • How to Build Wood Pallet Furniture Projects

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

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

    Steve Sagovac
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
    All this timber just being wasted At my brothers factory, he is always receiving these long pallets of material that all include packing timber frames on the top and bottom of each pack. I must admit that I have seen these palettes over the years and not once did it occur to me to try and use the timber to build some furniture instead of just using it in my fireplace. Recently I noticed that an old table, with a slat top, that was always sitting outside was starting to look a bit worse for wear. A few of the slats along the top had rotted on the ends and they were starting to break off. That…
  • Termites – The Terrifying Truth infographic

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

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

    Chris Hoffman
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    Android’s user-visible file system is one of its advantages over iOS. This allows you to more easily work with files, opening them in any app of your choice. But Android doesn’t include a file manager app by default.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • Geek Trivia: In Japan It Is Common For Golfers To Purchase?

    Jason Fitzpatrick
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    In Japan It Is Common For Golfers To Purchase? Hole-in-One Insurance Lucky Pants Blessed Tees Golf Bag GoldfishThink you know the answer?
  • How to Pin Screens in Android 5.0 for More Security and Privacy

    Matt Klein
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:34 am
    Android 5.0 Lollipop is still trickling to Android users but we’ve already found a stream of great new features we want to talk about. Pinning a screen is nifty little security feature that lets you put your device into a glorified kiosk mode so the user can only use one app.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • Stop Trying to Clean Your Infected Computer! Just Nuke it and Reinstall Windows

    Chris Hoffman
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    Some people spend hours — maybe even days — trying to clean an infected Windows system and ensuring it’s actually clean and safe afterward. It’s usually not a good idea to do this — just reinstall Windows and start over.Click Here to Continue Reading
  • How to Switch a Minecraft World from Survival to Creative to Hardcore

    Jason Fitzpatrick
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    When you create a Minecraft world you select your game mode and that mode is fixed for the lifetime of the world. Or is it? Read on as we show you how you can sidestep the gamemode lock and permanently change your game’s mode.Click Here to Continue Reading
 
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  • feeling groovy: ikea brings back a limited edition, retro series

    Angela M.
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:26 am
    We got a press announcement yesterday that stopped us in our tracks. Ikea is reissuing some of its classic designs from the 50s and 60s in a new collection celebrating its 70th anniversary. The ÅRGÅNG is the sort of pieces that makes modernists swoon: Clean lines, bright colors, butterfly chairs, sturdy tables on skinny legs. Some if it will look familiar to you, like the Strandmon chair with its curvy wings (originally issued in 1951 under the James Bond-ish name, MK). If you don’t need to kit out a whole living room, consider the Gardskar pendant or perhaps a set of Matedel plates…
  • holiday gifts 2014: elevate the everyday with porcelain paper plates

    Angela M.
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:11 am
    There’s something so charming about ceramic and porcelain pieces that mimic the look of toss-away items. We love putting berries in ceramic “cardboard” containers or sipping hot coffee from the I Am Not A Paper Cup mug. Spotted at Provisions, Food52’s e-commerce shop that is brimming with foodie treasures, are these delicate serving fool-the-eye plates. Molded porcelain that looks like the most common of paper plates, they are both sturdy and beautiful. Made by SIN, a Brooklyn-based design company, they have received accolades from the design world, and will no doubt…
  • holiday themed pillows: must have or too much?

    Angela M.
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    The holiday themed catalogs have been steadily landing in our mailbox the past few weeks. This year, in addition to all the wreaths, doormats and mantle-gear, I am finding myself drawn to Christmasy throw pillows — especially the Nordic looking ones at Crate & Barrel. But how could I possibly rationalize buying a pillow that we will use for six weeks? Could I keep one that sported a polar bear on display through February? Tell me the truth people. Save me from myself. Do you rotate your throw pillows with the season? Spill the decorating beans, please. No judgements!
  • holiday door bling from jeweler jennifer meyer

    Angela M.
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    When it comes to everyday jewelry, there is no one who creates more delicate perfect, school-drop-off to date-night-out treasures than jewelery designer Jennifer Meyer. Her dainty rings, sweet nameplate necklaces and nature inspired designs are always on the top of our wish lists. (Of course the fact that Hollywood’s chicest constantly don Meyer’s jewelery doesn’t hurt.) So it makes sense that the designer also has a great touch when it comes to another kind of adornment — our homes! This week, One King’s Lane is featuring a limited collection of holiday wreaths…
  • cottage renovation: choosing a paint color

    Angela M.
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    As fall’s rainy months kick in, we are in a race to finish the exterior on our river cottage renovation. After removing the old and worn stucco, replacing the sill beam, raising the house and digging a french drain, we were ready to chose the siding. We had a great deal of debate about whether to go the least inexpensive route (vinyl) or the most expensive (a concrete composite, like Hardy board). In the end we went with cedar planks, which are classic and strong. Another feature to the cedar planks, which could be a pro or con depending on how decisive you are, is that they are primed…
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  • A story about Moop!! In The Atlantic!!!

    15 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    I cannot even begin to describe the avalanche of crazy that has happened in my life in the last three months.  More has been served up to me than I ever thought I could manage...but, I'm holding it together (might have cried when the UPS driver arrived suuuper late yesterday so maybe not as well as I think but, you can't win them all).  This avalanche has been a mix of good and bad...bringing me to the extremes of both.  One of the really exciting things was a series of meetings and interviews I did with John Tierney and Deb Fallows from The Atlantic.  I wrote about…
  • A new bag!

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Did you see we just released the Envelope Clutch no.1?  It is a zip top clutch perfect tucked under your arm or tossed inside a larger bag.  We're offering it in my favorite gray waxed canvas lined in teal, our new oxblood waxed canvas lined in silver and our popular tan waxed canvas lined in Thread® recycled plastic soda bottle fabric.  All are water resistant, all are great.  Find them here
  • Press!

    8 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    Have you been reading this amazing new series of articles in The Atlantic?  It's called American Futures, it is written by James Fallows, Deb Fallows and James Tierney.  Their focus is cities across The US who are rebuilding in interesting ways.  They've written about Burlington, VT (a city I love), Columbus, OH (the city I went to grad school in), a few other places and now Pittsburgh, the city I live and work in!  Even better, we are mentioned in the most recent article with one of our fabric partners, Thread (they make our recycled…
  • We are hiring!

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Good Morning, Wednesday. This is my new landscape. The studio has been moved and we are slowly getting back to production and shipping out orders from the last 10 days. There's a lot of 'where's the such and such?' and adjusting muscle memories to the new space and finding better ways to organize. But, I love it here.  Feeling pretty grateful to get to work in a space like this. 
 
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    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    ¡ÁNIMO! TODO VA A ESTAR BIEN ♥ - Yuya COMPARTE EL VIDEO CON TODOS TUS AMIGUITOS Y NO OLVIDES SUSCRIBIRTE! http://bit.ly/yuyaYT ♥Vine: https://vine.co/yuyacst ♥Facebook: http://on.fb.me/12tMYgf ♥... From: Yuya Views: 1563729 153269 ratings Time: 03:23 More in Howto & Style
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    9 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Jenna's Rachet Salon With Julien Solomita Julien's majestic channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFightingSolo Many videos include me looking like the bad guy from the DaVinci Code. Please subscri... From: JennaMarbles Views: 1863272 86664 ratings Time: 08:32 More in Comedy
  • What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean

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    10 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    What A Girl's Eyebrows Mean Here's eyebrows on fleek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfBdBpr7KCo Here's Ariana Grande singing eyebrows on fleek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXCk3XTvz... From: JennaMarbles Views: 3745971 131752 ratings Time: 05:39 More in Comedy
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  • Magic Tricks You Can Do With Everyday Objects

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    17 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Magic Tricks You Can Do With Everyday Objects You'll never look at rubber bands or clothespins the same again. Post to Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1r6FFqG Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1i... From: BuzzFeedBlue Views: 2988604 36112 ratings Time: 02:04 More in People & Blogs
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  • Make Your Own Gift Tags

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Every Christmas here in San Francisco, I inevitably find myself at "Flax" (a local art supplies store), either looking for gifts for friends and family, or more likely looking for gift-wrapping ideas. In December of 2010 I purchased some very nice gift tags there. When I returned a week or two later...By: po94110Continue Reading »
  • Voldemort's wand

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Follow these instructions to make your very own... Dark Lord wand. Items You will need:- Polymer clay- Sculpting tools- Microwave oven- Hot glue gun- X-acto knife- Chopsticks- White paper- Assorted paints Base Start off by gluing the paper on the chopstick and rolling the chopstick to make a v...By: _Cybertooth_Continue Reading »
  • Oak Carpenter's Pencil

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    First step is to get all your ducks in a row. The oak I used is actually trim molding. 1/4 inch thick, 1/2 inch wide with one flat side and then one side the corners are chamfered. This stuff is very affordable, I paid .69 cents a foot at my local big box hardware store. Getting The Lead Out, ...By: deweymakesContinue Reading »
  • It's Christmas soon! Time to make a stylish & unique ADVENT WREATH!

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    There is a custom here in Germany to have an Advent Wreath on the four weeks before Christmas.On each Sunday in Advent, a further candle is lighted, i.e. one candle on 1st Sunday, two candles on 2nd Sunday, etc.Though being from Christian origin, many non-religious people have Advent Wreaths at home...By: NinchenContinue Reading »
  • Installing a Killswitch into a guitar

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Aint that Kelly a beauty? Now I'm gonna show you how I got that killswitch in there. About That Hole... To give you a little back story on how this nightmare happened, I had a 1/4" hole already drilled into the guitar from a different button I installed months ago. For the new button I needed 5/8...By: EricKlimaMusicContinue Reading »
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  • Make Your Own Gift Tags

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Every Christmas here in San Francisco, I inevitably find myself at "Flax" (a local art supplies store), either looking for gifts for friends and family, or more likely looking for gift-wrapping ideas. In December of 2010 I purchased some very nice gift tags there. When I returned a week or two later...By: po94110Continue Reading »
  • It's Christmas soon! Time to make a stylish & unique ADVENT WREATH!

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    There is a custom here in Germany to have an Advent Wreath on the four weeks before Christmas.On each Sunday in Advent, a further candle is lighted, i.e. one candle on 1st Sunday, two candles on 2nd Sunday, etc.Though being from Christian origin, many non-religious people have Advent Wreaths at home...By: NinchenContinue Reading »
  • Holiday Plant Cover and Festive Candle Holder

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    I love gardening and love to decorate my house with indoor plants. So I have decided to make a living table arrangementI that is festive and not very expensive and take very little creative skill and yet catches peoples attention. I had done this table arrangement for Diwali, which is the India fes...By: SonikaJAnandContinue Reading »
  • Skateboard Shelves with LED Lighting

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    I've seen various versions of these, but wanted to add some lighting so I could use them as a night light in our son's room. The whole thing cost about $100 which I was pretty happy with. Materials 3 or 4 Kids Skateboards (I used 17" ones which were $9 each online)2 strips of wood about 15mm x 40...By: alexisbanasContinue Reading »
  • Wooden Snowflake Puzzle Stockingstuffers

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Fun little puzzles that become nice holiday decorations...everybody wants one! Make a pattern Start by drawing a pattern. Make each piece a little different, and it doesn't have to be 'perfect'. Make it easy on yourself and round all the interior corners a little so your scroll saw can make the...By: BoombuzzContinue Reading »
 
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  • Make Your Own Gift Tags

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Every Christmas here in San Francisco, I inevitably find myself at "Flax" (a local art supplies store), either looking for gifts for friends and family, or more likely looking for gift-wrapping ideas. In December of 2010 I purchased some very nice gift tags there. When I returned a week or two later...By: po94110Continue Reading »
  • It's Christmas soon! Time to make a stylish & unique ADVENT WREATH!

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    There is a custom here in Germany to have an Advent Wreath on the four weeks before Christmas.On each Sunday in Advent, a further candle is lighted, i.e. one candle on 1st Sunday, two candles on 2nd Sunday, etc.Though being from Christian origin, many non-religious people have Advent Wreaths at home...By: NinchenContinue Reading »
  • My String Garden

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:39 am
    String Garden or kokedamaKokedama:Kokedama is a style of Japanese bonsai made by taking your plant out of its pot and into a ball of soil held together with a unique soil mixture, moss and string.I tried one for my patio too.It is beautiful. Plant attached to string moving slowly at their place in c...By: chanchala.singh.58Continue Reading »
  • Skateboard Shelves with LED Lighting

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
    I've seen various versions of these, but wanted to add some lighting so I could use them as a night light in our son's room. The whole thing cost about $100 which I was pretty happy with. Materials 3 or 4 Kids Skateboards (I used 17" ones which were $9 each online)2 strips of wood about 15mm x 40...By: alexisbanasContinue Reading »
  • Wooden Snowflake Puzzle Stockingstuffers

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Fun little puzzles that become nice holiday decorations...everybody wants one! Make a pattern Start by drawing a pattern. Make each piece a little different, and it doesn't have to be 'perfect'. Make it easy on yourself and round all the interior corners a little so your scroll saw can make the...By: BoombuzzContinue Reading »
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  • Skyrim Potion DIY

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:12 pm
    I will show you how to make a Skyrim healing potion. Materials and Tools Here is what you will need:A potion like bottle (You can get this at Michael's or if you are in Mexico you can go to Fantasias Miguel)A glass of waterAny containerA funnerFood coloring Old looking stringSticker paperScisso...By: Diego PEContinue Reading »
  • Gopro Handheld Mount - Very cheap and very functional

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:25 pm
    The GoPro mounting system is indeed wonderful, however, I found that many of the commercially available mounts are expensive for what they are. Also when I made this (Early 2014) there weren't many options available for hand holding the GoPro camera.So using some simple materials I built a handheld...By: ajmckayContinue Reading »
  • Make Your Own Gift Tags

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Every Christmas here in San Francisco, I inevitably find myself at "Flax" (a local art supplies store), either looking for gifts for friends and family, or more likely looking for gift-wrapping ideas. In December of 2010 I purchased some very nice gift tags there. When I returned a week or two later...By: po94110Continue Reading »
  • Mini Warhamer DIY

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:22 pm
    In this DIY I will show you how to make a mini hammer with basic materials. Please no hate this is my first DIY so it may be a little bad. Tools and Materials To make this you will need:Metallic PaintSand PaperGlueString or Leather StripsA KnifeA Cork Step 1: Cutting the Cork Using the knife c...By: Diego PEContinue Reading »
  • 3D Business Card

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Hello People of Earth, today I am going to show you an easy project of how to make a 3D Business Card in a 3D Modeling Program. It will look something like this... Step 1: Put on that text! First you want to put down the text in a pattern that you like and make sure to make sure all the letters t...By: lightningstrikekidContinue Reading »
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  • Surviving Snowvember

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The Buffalo area has been hit by unexpected snowfall amounts, but that doesn't stop the citizens of the snowed-in city from making the best of it. I've seen dozens of pictures on social media — ranging from carved out beer refrigerators to tunnels allowing people to escape their homes. These folks k...By: tinaciouszContinue Reading »
  • Catch Crab

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Crustaceans are skittering across the bottom of the San Francisco Bay, molting, mating, hiding out in the eel grass and eating smaller fish and mollusks before heading out of the bay to deeper waters. Dungeness are a sweet-fleshed culinary favorite. They are a perfect plate size and their legs and b...By: Maria FinnContinue Reading »
  • Stormtrooper Style Log Burner

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    After the awesome feedback I've received for my Vader style log burners and been a bit of a Star Wars nerd, I've been wanting to try a stormtrooper design for a while now so here goes. Design My biggest challenge was trying to create the sides on the helmet, I was struggling for what to make them...By: doddieszoomerContinue Reading »
  • How To Start A Fire

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    What You Will Need · Small Sticks · Dry Grass/Leaves · Lighter/Matches (Optional) · Knife (Optional) · Logs · Water · Large Rocks/Fire pit (Optional) · Axe (Optional) · Shovel (Optional) · Protective Gloves/ Glasses Precautions WARNING: Building a fire ...By: lidianesci01Continue Reading »
  • Rear Fender Bridge: Near-Full Coverage Fenders For Bicycles with Little Tire Clearance

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    I had trouble putting a rear fender on my favorite bike because of the clearence between the tire and the brake arms. You run into this problem on bikes that were designed for performance, i.e. not commuting. I didn't want to use narrower tires. I was already forced to run 700X25 tires when I usuall...By: dlynch02132Continue Reading »
 
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  • Catch Crab

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Crustaceans are skittering across the bottom of the San Francisco Bay, molting, mating, hiding out in the eel grass and eating smaller fish and mollusks before heading out of the bay to deeper waters. Dungeness are a sweet-fleshed culinary favorite. They are a perfect plate size and their legs and b...By: Maria FinnContinue Reading »
  • Stormtrooper Style Log Burner

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    After the awesome feedback I've received for my Vader style log burners and been a bit of a Star Wars nerd, I've been wanting to try a stormtrooper design for a while now so here goes. Design My biggest challenge was trying to create the sides on the helmet, I was struggling for what to make them...By: doddieszoomerContinue Reading »
  • How To Start A Fire

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    What You Will Need · Small Sticks · Dry Grass/Leaves · Lighter/Matches (Optional) · Knife (Optional) · Logs · Water · Large Rocks/Fire pit (Optional) · Axe (Optional) · Shovel (Optional) · Protective Gloves/ Glasses Precautions WARNING: Building a fire ...By: lidianesci01Continue Reading »
  • Rear Fender Bridge: Near-Full Coverage Fenders For Bicycles with Little Tire Clearance

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    I had trouble putting a rear fender on my favorite bike because of the clearence between the tire and the brake arms. You run into this problem on bikes that were designed for performance, i.e. not commuting. I didn't want to use narrower tires. I was already forced to run 700X25 tires when I usuall...By: dlynch02132Continue Reading »
  • Earthbag Water Tanks

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    If you’re new to earthbag building, please read the introductory Step-by-Step Earthbag Building Instructable first. This water tank project is similar, except it uses tubes instead of bags. Also, my new Earthbag Building Guide and Earthbag Building DVD are now available. Stay up-to-date on all the l...By: Owen GeigerContinue Reading »
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  • Surviving Snowvember

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The Buffalo area has been hit by unexpected snowfall amounts, but that doesn't stop the citizens of the snowed-in city from making the best of it. I've seen dozens of pictures on social media — ranging from carved out beer refrigerators to tunnels allowing people to escape their homes. These folks k...By: tinaciouszContinue Reading »
  • Catch Crab

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Crustaceans are skittering across the bottom of the San Francisco Bay, molting, mating, hiding out in the eel grass and eating smaller fish and mollusks before heading out of the bay to deeper waters. Dungeness are a sweet-fleshed culinary favorite. They are a perfect plate size and their legs and b...By: Maria FinnContinue Reading »
  • DIY: Bicycle tyre puncture Armour protection. Ultra-Light weight.

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    This Guide will show you how to create a simple, Super cheap, light and effective way for protecting your Bicycle tyres from punctures. Getting a puncture is not a nice feeling, Puncture protection tyres are expensive, With a little know how and a few cheap materials, you have have world class prot...By: Ultra_AltoContinue Reading »
  • How to tie a Double Sheet Bend

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    This knot is use to tie two ropes of the diffrent diameter together. This knot is stronger than the Sheet Bend knot Make a bright in the larger of two ropes to be joined. Tuck the second line and tuck it up through the bight Bring the end around and beneath the bight in the other rope. ...By: scout99Continue Reading »
  • Stormtrooper Style Log Burner

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    After the awesome feedback I've received for my Vader style log burners and been a bit of a Star Wars nerd, I've been wanting to try a stormtrooper design for a while now so here goes. Design My biggest challenge was trying to create the sides on the helmet, I was struggling for what to make them...By: doddieszoomerContinue Reading »
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  • Voldemort's wand

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Follow these instructions to make your very own... Dark Lord wand. Items You will need:- Polymer clay- Sculpting tools- Microwave oven- Hot glue gun- X-acto knife- Chopsticks- White paper- Assorted paints Base Start off by gluing the paper on the chopstick and rolling the chopstick to make a v...By: _Cybertooth_Continue Reading »
  • Open Toys, hack your veggies with 3D Printing

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    The Open Toy project is the result of a 2013 workshop at Domaine de Boisbuchet. Samuel N. Bernier had decided to use material waste from the band saw, such as cork and wood, to create toys by 3D printing small accessories with a MakerBot he had brought on site. He designed six accessories that would...By: le FabShopContinue Reading »
  • Fallout 2 Veterans helmet build

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Ever since I read about pepakura helmets, I wanted to build my own. My first attempt was the classic master chief helmet, sadly I was not able to complete it since the cardboard material, I got was to thin and flimsy. My 2nd attempt was an Ironman helmet. Although I was able to complete it, I did...By: riocruzContinue Reading »
  • Tauriel (The Hobbit) Elvish Daggers - Quick Wooden Cosplay Props

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:11 pm
    For Halloween, I made my daughter a Tauriel costume. Tauriel is the fighting elf in the Hobbit movies who has a set of deadly-looking daggers that she uses along with her bow when fighting off orcs.So, to score huge points with my daughter, I needed to quickly create a set of daggers that matched th...By: kylegilbertContinue Reading »
  • Full-size Lego Space Helmet

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    When I was growing up the vintage Lego Space sets were my favorite. This past year, The Lego Movie featured some of these old-school spacemen. I've always loved their iconic cylindrical helmets. I thought it would be cool to make a full-size, wearable version of the helmet worn by the Classic Lego S...By: sradtkeContinue Reading »
 
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  • How to easily memorize the algorithms of Rubik's cube

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    So you've been playing with Rubik's cube for some time and have been wondering how to solve it. Some of you probably have succeeded, eventually using one of the online tutorials. While there are several methods to solve the 3x3 cube, what is common for them is the fact that you have to apply a seque...By: tomas-zContinue Reading »
  • Voldemort's wand

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Follow these instructions to make your very own... Dark Lord wand. Items You will need:- Polymer clay- Sculpting tools- Microwave oven- Hot glue gun- X-acto knife- Chopsticks- White paper- Assorted paints Base Start off by gluing the paper on the chopstick and rolling the chopstick to make a v...By: _Cybertooth_Continue Reading »
  • Open Toys, hack your veggies with 3D Printing

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    The Open Toy project is the result of a 2013 workshop at Domaine de Boisbuchet. Samuel N. Bernier had decided to use material waste from the band saw, such as cork and wood, to create toys by 3D printing small accessories with a MakerBot he had brought on site. He designed six accessories that would...By: le FabShopContinue Reading »
  • Fallout 2 Veterans helmet build

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Ever since I read about pepakura helmets, I wanted to build my own. My first attempt was the classic master chief helmet, sadly I was not able to complete it since the cardboard material, I got was to thin and flimsy. My 2nd attempt was an Ironman helmet. Although I was able to complete it, I did...By: riocruzContinue Reading »
  • FULLY AUTOMATIC BB WIGGLE GUN!!!!

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    hi peeps! I just want to start off by saying that I didn't design this gun, I'm building it off instructions I found on NightHawkInLight's Instructable.And also, I had no idea how many people have already made variations of this gun, so I apologize that I'm not bringing anything new to the table. Ho...By: damianzuchContinue Reading »
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    22 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
    So you've been playing with Rubik's cube for some time and have been wondering how to solve it. Some of you probably have succeeded, eventually using one of the online tutorials. While there are several methods to solve the 3x3 cube, what is common for them is the fact that you have to apply a seque...By: tomas-zContinue Reading »
  • Voldemort's wand

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Follow these instructions to make your very own... Dark Lord wand. Items You will need:- Polymer clay- Sculpting tools- Microwave oven- Hot glue gun- X-acto knife- Chopsticks- White paper- Assorted paints Base Start off by gluing the paper on the chopstick and rolling the chopstick to make a v...By: _Cybertooth_Continue Reading »
  • Polymer Clay Cupcake Charm

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Hi everyone this is my first instructable so ya. Today I will be showing you how to make an easy polymer clay cupcake charm! It is so easy and fun . You do need to bake this so if you need help get it from someone older. This so much fun! Hope you like it!!:) What You Will Need You will need:Roll...By: cutiecakeContinue Reading »
  • Cool Seed #2

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The seed is 12647 on infinite world By: labalContinue Reading »
  • How To Set A Magic Deck

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Ok, so you start playing Magic The Gathering, and you wanna make your first magic deck. It's fairly simple to make if you follow the instructions correctly and have the right amount of magic cards. Then you should be good to go! Sorting The Cards (1) The average magic deck has around 18-28 mana r...By: LeafsNation12Continue Reading »
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  • Installing a Killswitch into a guitar

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Aint that Kelly a beauty? Now I'm gonna show you how I got that killswitch in there. About That Hole... To give you a little back story on how this nightmare happened, I had a 1/4" hole already drilled into the guitar from a different button I installed months ago. For the new button I needed 5/8...By: EricKlimaMusicContinue Reading »
  • Glow In The Dark Bicycle "Tron Style" - DIY Tutorial

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    In this tutorial we are going to learn how simple it is to transform your regular bike to an awesome and safer bike! To great things in once...!Things required: Glow in the dark Paint Paper Towel Brush8x UV LED (Very important that it is UV!!)4x 330Ohm Resistor 9v battery9v battery connectorElectric...By: victordoesContinue Reading »
  • Light Up Your Head

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    The joke goes like this: if you want to make something Steampunk, add gears; if you want to make it CRASHspace, add LEDs.If you know me, you know that I wear bandanas always. I have several dozen (seriously, see the picture in step 1). When it comes time for events like Two Bit Circus' STEAM Carniva...By: ohhmyheadContinue Reading »
  • Cheap Arduino Controlled Light Sockets - Reverse Engineering RF

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    Smart lightbulbs cost your firstborn child. Which is a shame, because smart lights unlock tremendous potential for home automation, energy savings, and all sorts of cool projects.If only there was a way to control your lights without breaking the bank...And now there is! For $19 on Amazon, you can g...By: FabricateIOContinue Reading »
  • 3D Light Painting

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    This project was conceived the night of halloween. Looking out the window on the frozen streets of Chicago, looking at the lights on the street reflect on the pavement, looking so far beyond that the lights of the passing cars would float in the air long after the car was gone. Many of us are famil...By: Sebastian MoralesContinue Reading »
 
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  • Installing a Killswitch into a guitar

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Aint that Kelly a beauty? Now I'm gonna show you how I got that killswitch in there. About That Hole... To give you a little back story on how this nightmare happened, I had a 1/4" hole already drilled into the guitar from a different button I installed months ago. For the new button I needed 5/8...By: EricKlimaMusicContinue Reading »
  • Lifepo4 solar storage battery bank

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Lifepo4 batteries are fairly new for solar use. My home originally used a 24volt bank of lead acid. These failed only after a year of use. This was a costly mistake. My replacement bank is Lifepo4 25.6volt batteries as in the photo. These I bought off Amazon for 241usd each. Each battery has built i...By: Mjhobby Continue Reading »
  • Glow In The Dark Bicycle "Tron Style" - DIY Tutorial

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    In this tutorial we are going to learn how simple it is to transform your regular bike to an awesome and safer bike! To great things in once...!Things required: Glow in the dark Paint Paper Towel Brush8x UV LED (Very important that it is UV!!)4x 330Ohm Resistor 9v battery9v battery connectorElectric...By: victordoesContinue Reading »
  • Convert a 40 years old DIA slide projector to a Decent DIY Projector!

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    This hack made in Cairo Hackerspace .We needed a projector in the Hackerspace for The Internet of things build night and other workshops , courses and our Friday hacker movie night .The problem is that we can't afford buying a real projector , so we made our last "Hacker Scouts event " a trip to the...By: ToutHackAmonContinue Reading »
  • Astable Multivibrator

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    In this instructable I will show you how to make high frequency signal generator (about 10Hz- 3300Hz). This has many different uses from a signal generator to a motor speed controller. Parts To make the signal generator you will need the following parts.2x220ohm resistors2x470ohm resistors2x100...By: redy906Continue Reading »
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  • Breadboard Power Supply Module 3.3V 5V or adjustable output

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    By completing this kit user will get useful Breadboard power supply with 3.3V 5V or adjustable output modes which are selected by sliding switch. Also user will learn how switching mode power supply Buck converter works.Specifications: Input voltage:10-24VDC, recommended 18V wall power supply(Pow...By: Bojan2Continue Reading »
  • Send sensor data (DHT11 & BMP180) to ThingSpeak with an Arduino

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    I wrote this instructable because Thingspeak -nevermind how easy to set up- has a few hurdles that I ran into and that, judging from reactions, other people are struggling with as well.Things you need:ArduinoWS5100 EthernetShieldThingspeak AccountSensors (such as DHT11 and BMP180)Internet connectio...By: diy_blokeContinue Reading »
  • CD/DVD Bipolar Motor Driver W/o Microcontroller

    23 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    I had a couple of CD/DVD writer scrap. When I opened them I found the Lasers are in working condition and the Motors looks the same. Then I came across the Laser Engraver for custom laser works from these scrap Lasers. I found many people had done and driven these Bi-polar Stepper Motors by the use ...By: SamiranContinue Reading »
  • Intel Galileo: Display Sensors Data on LCD Display

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Let's display sensor data on LCDThings you need : Galileo gen2 board Galileo light sensor grove Galileo LCD display groovePre-requisites/Assumptions You have Intel XDK Installed You are not from mars and you understand simple programming Connect light sensor grove to A0 Connect LCD di...By: iLakshmiKanthContinue Reading »
  • Intel® Galileo : Share Laptop/PC WiFi to Galileo over LAN

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:43 pm
    You don't have WiFi module for your Galileo and want your Galileo to be on Internet?...Don't worry...You can share your PC's Internet connection to your Galileo using LAN/Ethernet and get your Galileo online on Internet. Step 1 : Enable Internet sharing on your laptop Pre-requisites :: Windows OS...By: SunilK6Continue Reading »
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  • Oak Carpenter's Pencil

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    First step is to get all your ducks in a row. The oak I used is actually trim molding. 1/4 inch thick, 1/2 inch wide with one flat side and then one side the corners are chamfered. This stuff is very affordable, I paid .69 cents a foot at my local big box hardware store. Getting The Lead Out, ...By: deweymakesContinue Reading »
  • How to make a BAT-signal

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Hi,Today we are going to learn how to make a BAT-signal to call the batman !!So let's go ! Stuff needed. To make this light we need : A cardboard pipe ø 30 cm is a good size but the first objective is to make this props with reclamation stuff. so if you can find an other size it's also cool !Impo...By: briciiusContinue Reading »
  • Mini Sword

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    This miniature whiskey/martini sword took me about 30 minutes to make.Tools you need:1 framing nail Small brass nail or thick brass or copper wireHammerAnvilBlowtorchfiledrill with a small drill bit (1/16)SandpaperHere is the beautiful video of the making process. Making a handle First we need to...By: inspiretomakeContinue Reading »
  • Beanery Garden

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Ever wanted a kitchen garden? Read on for a brief guide to micro-indoor farming and putting vacant window real estate to productive use.Chances are that you have a free window looking out at a yard, a few feet away from you as you read this. Perhaps you are in a climate controlled office or house. F...By: U RizContinue Reading »
  • Extreme Room Overhaul

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Not for the faint of heart, this is only one part of a bigger renovation of an apartment that I had started last summer and am still working on till this day. If you want things done right, you have to do it yourself.The apartment was a space at my mother's place which went unused for a long time. A...By: caitlinsdadContinue Reading »
 
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  • Oak Carpenter's Pencil

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    First step is to get all your ducks in a row. The oak I used is actually trim molding. 1/4 inch thick, 1/2 inch wide with one flat side and then one side the corners are chamfered. This stuff is very affordable, I paid .69 cents a foot at my local big box hardware store. Getting The Lead Out, ...By: deweymakesContinue Reading »
  • How to make a BAT-signal

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Hi,Today we are going to learn how to make a BAT-signal to call the batman !!So let's go ! Stuff needed. To make this light we need : A cardboard pipe ø 30 cm is a good size but the first objective is to make this props with reclamation stuff. so if you can find an other size it's also cool !Impo...By: briciiusContinue Reading »
  • Mini Sword

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    This miniature whiskey/martini sword took me about 30 minutes to make.Tools you need:1 framing nail Small brass nail or thick brass or copper wireHammerAnvilBlowtorchfiledrill with a small drill bit (1/16)SandpaperHere is the beautiful video of the making process. Making a handle First we need to...By: inspiretomakeContinue Reading »
  • Beanery Garden

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Ever wanted a kitchen garden? Read on for a brief guide to micro-indoor farming and putting vacant window real estate to productive use.Chances are that you have a free window looking out at a yard, a few feet away from you as you read this. Perhaps you are in a climate controlled office or house. F...By: U RizContinue Reading »
  • Extreme Room Overhaul

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Not for the faint of heart, this is only one part of a bigger renovation of an apartment that I had started last summer and am still working on till this day. If you want things done right, you have to do it yourself.The apartment was a space at my mother's place which went unused for a long time. A...By: caitlinsdadContinue Reading »
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  • Mini Hydroponics Herb Garden V2.0

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    So for those of you who have seen my mini hydroponics herb garden (http://www.instructables.com/id/Mini-Hydroponics-Herb-Garden/), here are some modifications that I have recently made. There were some problems with that surfaced after a couple of weeks with the first design. I'll go through this in...By: kym.teoContinue Reading »
  • Zeroing desired but not required

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:56 pm
    I recently purchased a Central Forge cross slidevise to add a little precision and of course repeatability to my projects. The ability to move the work piece relative to the cutting tool with any kind of precision makes life so much more enjoyable.Enter the cross slide vise. This particular vise is ...By: clazmanContinue Reading »
  • Creating starter holes for small hinges

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Creating starter holes for larger hinges that use #6, #8 or #10 screws are relatively easy for there are is a centering punch and centering guides for each of those screws.But, what about smaller screws? You think, no big thing, just drive the screws. No, especially if you are the few like me, who w...By: clazmanContinue Reading »
  • Male-Male, Female-Female garden hose adaptor

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Recently i had to connect two garden hoses together but they had both male ends. You can buy an adapter for about $15 or make your own set for $10. For about $5 ill show you how to make a Female to Female garden hose adapter. Parts Not much you need just 2 Female hose couplings and about 6" of ga...By: matthewb241Continue Reading »
  • Personalized wooden names

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I have been creating these names being carved out of wood for about 10 years. This process allows you to create your own personalized name and paint it whatever color you want. A base is attached and hooks attached to the base to hang anything like belts, jewelry or other light weight items. It ...By: hughhContinue Reading »
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    Thrift Core

  • Want More Money? Readers? Followers? Stop. You're Exactly Where You Need to Be.

    Van
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you're like me you tend to beat yourself up for not being where you "want to be". You don't have what you want in the bank or you may be working for an employer when you want to work for yourself. We tend to draw a timeline for our accomplishments, once we reach one we strive for the other and there's never a moment to pause and appreciate where you are. We're never satisfied.I tunnel-vision on future weight loss, never satisfied. BUT when I look at my progress I realize I've come VERY FAR with my fitness and healthy eating. From fast food/sedentary to raw vegan/active. A feat I thought…
  • MODify: Thrifted Serving Tray Decoupage Skeleton Transformation. Great Gift!

    Van
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    I love how trays help you make an immediate composition in a space, how they help you serve guests in style and how they protect your furniture from moisture. The quirkier the tray, the better. A flea market vendor gave me a plain wooden tray for free as part of a "fill a bag for $5.00" deal and the muse to transform it finally struck. I'm keeping it on my living room coffee table for serving drinks and wrangling extras. This is a great beginner craft for experimenting resin. It's a tricky medium but the deep, shining, professional finish it leaves is worth it!Materials: Wooden serving tray…
  • How Would You React to an "Imminent Extreme" Tornado ? My Tornado Story

    Van
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    1:07 PM: Loud sirens interrupt reading at the 3 Layers Cafe. All cell phones buzzed with the following text:  11/17/2014 Imminent extreme alert Tornado Warning in this area til 2:00 PM EST. Take shelter now. Check local media - NWS. It went ignored. Maybe we get too many warnings that go unfounded, too many numbing "tests" of the emergency sirens. Maybe I'm stupid.Anonymous First Coast News photo of the storm. It looks like The Nothing from Neverending Story.1:20 PM: Massive storm clouds roll in as er drive home. A chill cuts through the former toasty…
  • Loads of Vintage for the Lowest Prices EVUH. Only Five More Fridays Until Christmas!

    Van
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Are you getting that Christmas shopping craziness out of the way? No? Me either, it turns out. But I have a solution for you if you're on the hunt, after all, only Five More Fridays until Christmas! Everything in my online shop and in my Southern Crossing Antique Mall booth is marked down. Check it out online and pick carefully curated vintage goodness for the ones you love- or for yourself, you deserve it. I'll do group deals on shipping, can calculate lower shipping rates or take group offers. Just drop me a line if you have any questions.If you're local ask for Booth #4504 at Southern…
  • Eating All the Food in Okinawa Japan, my Japanese Foodie Dream Come True

    Van
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    The scent, the sight, the taste; food is a transcendent experience. In childhood mom and I assembled Mexican and Italian dishes with fresh herbs and ingredients from scratch nearly every night. I was raised in Naples, Italy where meals were prepared fresh at home and have experimented with fresh cooking every since. Between cooking with mom I'd perch on a stool at the kitchen island and flip through her illustrated recipe cards taking in the retro food photos and kitschy compositions. Now I work part time in a raw vegan kitchen making amazing gourmet meals.Preparing, sharing, photographing…
 
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  • Create Stunning Designs with Dry Stack Stone Wall Accents

    Ryan
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    When it comes to interior design in homes, a lot can be accomplished with just a few simple touches.   Our customer, Steven C., demonstrates this with the family room remodel in his new home using our Wellington Dry Stack Stone wall panels in Earth color. An artificial dry stack stone wall does wonders for interior decor. Below, you’ll see his comment, along with more photos of his design. Your product was very easy to work with and truly looks like real stone once up on the wall. I get many complements on our room thanks to your product! Fake stone accent panels provide an appealing…
  • Keeping the Weight Off: RV Remodeling with Faux Panels

    Ryan
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    Over the years, we have learned how popular faux panels are for RV remodeling.  Like our other satisfied customers, owners of recreational vehicles love the panels because they are so easy to install and look just like real stone, brick, and wood.  What RV owners also love about the panels is that they are so lightweight. RV remodeling with faux stone is easy to do, and creates a cozy interior. In all states, recreational vehicles and mobile homes cannot exceed a certain weight.  This weight is known as their Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).  The Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is the…
  • Beautiful Entertainment Center Wall Designs with Stone Veneer

    Ryan
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    A home entertainment center is an area in a room where many homeowners love to spend time at the end of the day for rest and enjoyment.  And as the days get shorter and the nights cooler, people will be spending more time in their family room or living room.  Knowing they’ll be doing that, many will be looking for ways to add a new dimension of comfort to that room. Most TV’s, DVD players, stereos and other electronic equipment by themselves look stark and unattractive. A simple way to blend them with your home’s décor can be accomplished with the right entertainment center wall…
  • Building a Playhouse with Faux Stone Panels

    Ryan
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    When our customer, Bobby from Cleveland, OH, took up the project of building a playhouse for his children, his wife was planning to start a pre-school in their home.  He imagined that having a place in his house aside from the classroom area where kids could learn life skills and spend quiet time reading would be an important element of the school. Regency stacked stone panels in Misty Morning add a cozy finishing touch to the playhouse. Inspired by the house he grew up in, he said he wanted his house to be the fun house in the neighborhood, where his kids would want to take their friends to…
  • Product Photography Setup for Halloween

    Ryan
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Many commercial customers of ours have realized how faux stone panels do a great job of helping their products stand out.  One customer in particular has taken to using our panels as backdrops for his product photography setup. Below, you’ll see his testimonial, and the photos he used for the setup of his Halloween products. Faux stone panels make a great backdrop for Halloween photography setups. “We run an online digital die cut company and when it comes time to showcase our products, we don’t settle for mediocre.  We currently use Faux Panels as backdrops and sometimes even…
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    Home Improvement Blog – The Apron by The Home Depot

  • Bright and Cheery Christmas Decorating, With a Bit of Whimsy

    Lolly Jane
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
      Christmas decorating doesn’t often include yellow and turquoise, but Kelli Mullins and her sister Kristi Jansen make it look as natural as homemade eggnog. Together, they produce the DIY and decor blog Lolly Jane, where you’ll see their sunny take on decor on display.  Kelli and Kristi styled this Christmas living room for our Holiday Style Challenge series. We sent them an assortment of Home Depot Christmas decorations and let Kelli and Kristi use them to create a holiday decor in their unique style.   Kelli shows us how they DIYed the Home Depot items to fit their…
  • Christmas Decorating, Outdoors or In: A Holiday Hot Cocoa Stand

    Eden Passante
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    She states it right there in the About section of her blog, Sugar and Charm: Eden Passante has a passion for sweet recipes. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she managed to get sweets into her Holiday Style Challenge. Just to explain, our Holiday Style Challenge series involves sending mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations to some of our favorite design and lifestyle bloggers. We then get out of the way as the bloggers create fun and creative holiday decor in their own unique ways. Eden had the brilliant idea of setting up a hot cocoa stand in her front yard, all…
  • Fresh Christmas Decorating Ideas: Holiday Vignettes

    Jana Bek
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
      There’s no knocking the Everything Shiny and Sparkly school of thought when it comes to holiday decor, but minimal Christmas decorating can be just as effective when done right. Interior designer Jana Bek knows about understated decorating. Her Christmas decorating ideas keep things simple and easy to manage. She writes about design and decor on her blog Jana Bek Design, and she’s among the talented bloggers taking part in our Holiday Style Challenge series. It goes like this: we sent the style bloggers mystery boxes of Home Depot Christmas decorations, and let the…
  • Practical Christmas Decorating Ideas for the Dining Room

    Amy Mikkelsen
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
      When decorating for Christmas, the dining room often becomes an afterthought. It’s no wonder; the holidays are a busy time, and for a lot of us getting the living room ready for the holidays takes a lot of attention. But Amy Mikkelsen, is here with a few super practical and easy Christmas decorating ideas that will help make your holiday dinner a fun and memorable occasion– without killing the fun for yourself. Amy knows a lot about making guests comfortable. Her blog Your Southern Peach is full of terrific entertaining and decorating ideas. This holiday dining room that…
  • A Coastal Rustic Christmas with an Oyster Roast

    Krystine Edwards
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    In the warmer parts of the country, it’s not crazy to think about celebrating the holiday season outdoors. In South Carolina that could include holding an oyster roast. That’s what Krystine Edwards did, and she created a special rustic Christmas look for her party. Krystine writes about decorating and home remodeling on her blog Living Pretty Styled. She set up her rustic Christmas oyster roast as part of our Holiday Style Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We sent her a mystery box of Home Depot Christmas decorations and let her work her decorating magic. Read on for…
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  • How Cold Indoor Temperatures Can Harm Your Health

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
      Baby it's cold inside! When winter comes along, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends indoor temperatures of at least 64 degrees F, and raises that to 70 degrees for households which include infants, elderly members, or frail individuals. Whether due to inadequate insulation or an inefficient heating system, an underheated home feels chilly and unwelcoming.  See full article.
  • Porcelain or Ceramic Tile -- Which Is for You?

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:49 pm
      Do you think that porcelain and ceramic tile are essentially the same? Well, you may be surprised to find that they are not. Although both are manufactured of similar ingredients using similar processes, there are some important differences. Familiarize yourself with the characteristics of each of these tile types so that you can choose the kind that offers the right price, durability, and good looks for your tiling project.  See full article.
  • Surprising Energy Vampires and How to Subdue Them

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:21 am
      Is your home playing host to evil energy vampires? Beware! Also known as a "phantom," an energy vampire is a nick-name for any electrical device or appliance that consumes power even when it is on stand-by mode … or turned off completely! As long as it is connected to the power source, it will continue to slowly suck electricity.  See full article.
  • Want to Prevent Frozen Pipes? Here's How.

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:11 am
      When outdoor temperatures drop and cold winds blow, your water pipes are in danger. Inclement conditions can cause them to freeze. Or rather, the water inside will freeze, expanding as it does so. The ice thus formed acts as a plug. It blocks the pipe and causes pressure to build up between the frozen section and the closed faucet further downstream.  See full article.
  • Space-Saving Fixtures Scaled to Fit Small Bathrooms

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
      What do rural tiny homes, new suburban houses, and old apartments smack dab in the center of the city have in common? Most were built with bathrooms that can politely be termed minuscule. If this describes your dwelling, a bathroom remodel -- or ideally, a bathroom transplant! -- may be at the top of your home improvement priorities list.  See full article.
 
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  • Faux Exposed Wood Beams: Get the Convenience of Light Weight

    Ryan
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    There are many reasons faux exposed wood beams are a smarter and more practical choice for your design projects than using real timber.  Our beams are indistinguishable from actual wood, cost much less, and can be installed in just a few hours.  For installation, the only things you need are a regular wood saw, screws and wooden mounting blocks. If there’s one real reason customers prefer faux beams, it’s the fact that they weigh just a fraction of real wood. A 16-foot faux wood beam, for example, weighs just about 20 pounds.  As shown below, one person can easily carry one of these…
  • Decorative Wood Corbels with a Smooth Finish

    Ryan
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    The Smooth Corbels are our new decorative wood corbels that we’d like to introduce in today’s blog post.  The soft surface of these corbels is particularly pleasing to the eye and adds a soothing touch to the ambiance of a room.   Their non-distressed texture is consistent throughout, and offers a great way to balance and anchor the elements of interior and exterior designs effortlessly. Smooth corbels have the realistic look of genuine wood, adding charm to your home. Made of high-density polyurethane that’s crafted from molds of real smooth wood, the Smooth Corbels are…
  • Distinctive Rafter Tail Designs

    Ryan
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Traditionally, rafter tail designs were created by the ends of the wood roof beams on houses.  They had a distinctive look that brought a lot of charm to a home.  Nowadays, while those kinds of beams are no longer necessary for many homes, many people love the look of rafter tails accenting the roofline. Real wood rafter tails give your roof design a distinctive look. Rafter tails are a fabulous way to add character and style to your home.  They can be used as a subtle interior accent in your home design, as well as to create a dramatic upgrade on your home’s exterior. Real wood rafter…
  • Introducing the Faux Rough Hewn Wood Style

    Ryan
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Be sure to take a look at the new Rough Hewn Wood style we’re now offering. We are excited about adding this new style to our custom beams, arched beams, mantels, and planks.  Like our other heavily-distressed faux wood products, the rough hewn style has a texture that creates the appearance of deeply cut beams.   This style includes prominent lines, deep grain patterns, pronounced grooves, and distinct lines. Rough hewn wood beams bring rustic charm to your ceiling designs. The particularly rustic feel created by this style is a wonderful addition to any interior design, and never fails…
  • 6 Kinds of Places Enhanced by Faux Rustic Wood Planks

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

  • Using the ESP8266 as a Web-enabled sensor

    Brian Benchoff
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    A few months ago, the ESP8266 came onto the scene as a cheap way to add WiFi to just about any project that had a spare UART. Since then, a few people have figured out how to get this neat chip running custom firmware, opening the doors to an Internet of Things based around an ESP8266. [Marc] and [Xavi] just wrote up a quick tutorial on how to turn the ESP8266 into a WiFi sensor platform that will relay the state of a GPIO pin to the Internet. If you’re going to replicate this project, you won’t be using the stock firmware on the ESP. Instead of the stock firmware, [Marc] and…
  • Cosplaying as HAL 9000

    Brian Benchoff
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest films of all time, but unlike every other masterpiece of SciFi, you’re not going find many people cosplaying as characters from the movie. Going as a monolith to a con would be hilarious, but [jacqueslelezard] had an even better idea in mind: a HAL 9000 costume. The costume itself is just bits of painted cardboard, shiny material (we’d go with aluminum tape), some black mosquito netting to see out of, and in a stroke of brilliance, a tablet that will display HAL’s unblinking eye to con attendees. If you’re extraordinarily…
  • A 4-bit Computer From Discrete Transistors

    Brian Benchoff
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Anyone reading this uses computers, and a few very cool people have built their own computer out of chips, [zaphod] is doing something even cooler over on hackaday.io: he’s building a computer from discrete transistors. Building a computer from individual components without chips isn’t something new - Minecraft players who aren’t into cheaty command blocks do it all the time, and there have been a few real-life builds that have rocked our socks. [zaphod] is following in this hallowed tradition by building a four-bit computer, complete with CPU, RAM, and ROM from…
  • Doing Unsafe Things With A Laser Watch

    Brian Benchoff
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    [Pierce Brosnan]-era James Bond had a beautiful Omega wristwatch. Of course as with any Bond gadget, it couldn’t just tell time; it needed to do something else. This watch had a laser, and [Patrick] figured he could replicate this build. This is apretty normal 1.5W laser diode build, stuffed into a wrist-mountable device that will kill balloons. This is really a watch, though: press a button and this thing will tell time. In the video below, [Patrick] goes over what damage this watch can do. He manages to pop some black balloons, burn holes in a CD case, light a few matches, cut…
  • Serial Surgery Saves Wacom Tablet from Landfill

    Kristina Panos
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Years ago, [Greg] got a Wacom Artpad II graphics tablet through Freecycle. What’s the catch, you ask? The stylus was long gone. When he found out how expensive a direct replacement would be, the tablet was laid to rest in his spare parts box. Fast forward a few years to the era of the phone-tablet hybrid and [Greg]‘s subsequent realization that some of them use Wacom stylii. Eight bucks later, he’s in business, except that the tablet is serial. Wacom no longer supports serial tablets, so he had to convert it to USB. With the help of the WaxBee project and a Teensy 2.0, he…
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    Stain Removal Blog - A Mom's Guide To House Cleaning, Laundry And Stains

  • Low Cost Laundry Detergent Suggestions & Options That Really Work

    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Do you find the cost of laundry detergent keeps going up and up? If so, here are the top 3 low cost laundry detergents that actually work well, so you can choose one that both cleans your clothes and doesn't clean out your wallet! Do you agree with my top 3 suggestions?
  • Hagerty Silver Polish Spray Reviews & Problems

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Hagerty is a popular brand of silver polish products, and they've got an aerosol spray version many readers have tried. Unfortunately, this product has a major flaw in the packaging and the spray can clogs very easily. I've got reviews from frustrated readers, plus one reader provided the instructions given by the company to try to fix the problem as well. Hopefully this will help you if you've got your own can that's clogged.
  • Bar Keepers Friend Liquid Cleaner Reviews And Experiences

    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you've been around on this page long you'll know I'm a fan of the original powder version of Bar Keepers Friend. The stuff is great, cheap, and works really well. They've now got a liquid version of the product as well, and while I personally haven't tried it many readers have, and now the reviews are in . . . so what say you, is the liquid an improvement on the original powder or not?
  • Pet Select Pee Pee Stain And Odor Remover Reviews

    15 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    If you've got pets (or even young kids) urine smells and odors may be something you're a bit too familiar with. I get asked all the time what a good product is for removing these odors. Here's several reviews from readers of Pet Select Pee-Pee stain and odor remover. Overall they were positive, although a commenter didn't like it. If you've used this product I'd love to hear your thoughts, or tell me what you do use for urine odors around your home.
  • Tarn-X Tarnish Remover Reviews & Experiences

    15 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here's a couple of reviews from readers of Tarn-X tarnish remover. The product packaging says this is designed for many metals, including silver, platinum, copper, and gold, as well as diamonds. Have you used it? If so, I'd love to hear what you think about it as well.
 
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  • Enjoy the colder weather with a sunroom

    Salvatore Ferro
    4 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    Whether you’re looking for a little extra space, a new place for entertaining or a way to appreciate the natural beauty of your backyard, a sunroom addition could be just the space you’re looking for. Greg Griffin, a designer at Alure Home Improvements shared a few reasons why you might want to consider a sunroom for your home. Quick installation In about two weeks, you would be able to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the weather from inside your new sunroom, explained Griffin. Since Alure’s sunrooms are designed for your individual taste and budget, the factory…
  • What to know before making your bathroom a wet room

    Gina Bonura
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    If you live with someone who has mobility issues or you just want to modernize your bathroom, a wet room may be the solution for you. There are many points to consider before making the transformation. Marilou Arcuri, Alure Home Improvements’ kitchen and bathroom designer, explained everything you need to know about the bathroom renovation. It’s perfect for those with mobility issues Transforming your bathroom into a wet room makes it easier for seniors or those with trouble walking to enter the shower or tub. The absence of the barrier that exists in traditional showers and…
  • Choose the right siding for your home

    Salvatore Ferro
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    With all of the types of siding options for your home, how do you decide which one is best? There are pros and cons to each style of material for your home’s exterior. Bob Sansivero, Alure Home Improvements’ exterior design expert, shared the four types of home siding and the benefits and disadvantages of each so you can make an informed decision. The winter season is approaching, so if this is a consideration for you, now’s the time to complete the project before it gets too cold, explained Sansivero. “There’s no issue installing siding during any part of the…
  • 7 signs you need window replacements

    Salvatore Ferro
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    There are many benefits to replacing windows in your home. You can save on your energy bill, protect the interior of your house and more. But how do you decide when you need new ones? Alure Home Improvements’ exterior design specialist Vinnie Maddaloni shared seven surefire signs you need window replacements for your home. 1. The glass is cloudy If your windows appear cloudy or constantly dirty, it could mean you need to replace them, noted Maddaloni. Not only could new windows just be more aesthetically pleasing, but they could add value to your home when it comes time to put it on…
  • 3 common questions about insulation, answered

    Salvatore Ferro
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:56 am
    No matter whether you live in New York or Newport Beach, the right insulation is key for ensuring that your home is both comfortable and energy-efficient. By reducing heat flow, high-quality insulation can minimize the amount of energy you use to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. That translates to lower heating bills and significant savings over time. Still, many homeowners may be overwhelmed by the prospect of installing new insulation. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions you may have, as well as some helpful tips about installation. 1. Can…
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    Violet LeBeaux - Free Cute Craft and Beauty Tutorials

  • Poor James! Snapshots

    Violet
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This Snapshots has an abnormally large number of photos of me in it… Maybe this is James’ snapshots? I spend my week staring at the tops of buildings and he is forced to stare at my face haha! There’s nothing better than lunch at EARL canteen with some Chatime on a sunny day =) Sleepy puppy! This does seem accurate! Look what Cazz found at the market for me!   Cazz and I are so classy together! I stole her glasses :D And at the end of the week, there’s another better than snuggling up with a few pillows and just relaxing! I hope you’re having a good week!
  • Watercolour Style Silk Painting Experiments!

    Violet
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I’ve been experimenting in finding my own silk painting style lately and while I still haven’t really found it yet it’s been fun so far! Today I’ll show you the techniques I used to make the rose painting below. I was aiming for a finish more like watercolour paints but I still haven’t really got it how I imagine in my head yet! To begin with I outlined the rose and the leaves etc using clear gutta. I mixed purple and red for each leaf. I wet the section thoroughly and applied a small amount of red. I then dripped purple in the inner line of the petal so it mixed…
  • How To Make A Puppy Mattress – Lottie’s Home Sweet Home

    Violet
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This entry is part 2 of 51 in the series Home Sweet HomeMiss Lottie’s new-ish house isn’t nearly as soft and comfy as her old strawberry was :( So I set about making it a bit more awesome by making a little mattress she could sleep on in the bottom. I’ve tried putting blankets and regular pillows in but she just shoves them to the back >_< Anyway the end result was really cute! For this tutorial you will need: Fabric Lace Stuffing Needle and thread or a sewing machine Measure out enough fabric for the pillow and cut two pieces. Now put the fabric with the good sides…
  • Cherry Blossoms! Melbourne Snapshots

    Violet
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Every time I try to take a cute photo, this is happening zoomed out slightly: The weather has been constantly up and down this week which isn’t really a change for Melbourne I guess. Everyone here jokes about having 4 seasons in 1 day but it’s really more like 4 seasons in the space of an hour *_* A little further out from the city the cherry blossoms were magical. I wish I could surround my apartment with them all year round but they would probably seem a little less magical if they lasted longer than a week or so! The worst part of inconsistent weather is trying to dress for it!
  • Fuse Gelnamel System Review

    Violet
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Recently I received a “Fuse Gelnamel” kit from their PR department. It was a bit of bad timing considering only a few months before hand I had been desperately trying to find a gel system that I could buy from the beauty stores here with no luck. I ended up getting a full set for Christmas and discovered a brand of polishes that I really liked so I wasn’t really in the market for anything anymore… but I do like trying new things so yay! The Fuse system markets itself as an all in one solution and you can get a starter kit with everything you need for a set of nails.
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    Nexus 21

  • TV Lifts can be Part of a Well Rounded Entertainment Plan

    Nexus 21
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you thinking about turning a room of your home into a media/game room? Perhaps that library you rarely use is prime square footage for a terrific entertainment venue. However, you don’t want to get rid of your precious, carefully collected books that span years of enjoyment. Can TVs and bookshelves co-exist? Our sources say yes. People love to argue online about the merits of the Game of Thrones books versus the HBO adaptation of George RR Martin’s work. You can be a reader and a viewer with all of your favorite things in one room. With the books on hand, you can quickly find…
  • Using TV Lifts for Trade Shows, Job Fairs and More

    Nexus 21
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Having a TV or flat screen computer monitor available on the go can be one of the best investments you’ll ever make. You can quickly and safely transport and set-up anywhere – from trade shows to classrooms to courtrooms. Are you needing a flat screen for a power point at a job fair? This is perfect. Are you a DJ who wants to run some cool graphics at a nightclub or private event? You’re covered in style. Whether you are a sales representative, a customer service training specialist, a consultant or anyone else who needs to set up a presentation area quickly, a TV lift in a portable…
  • TV Lift Boring? Put a Little Swivel in it!

    Nexus 21
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    So, you are getting sold on the idea of a TV lift! However, the simplicity of it seems a little – boring. What if we told you there’s an additional option? Many of our TV lift models have swivel capability. This means that not only does it slide up and down to be at optimal viewing level; you can also swivel the TV to aim it at your preferred seating option! Swivel lifts from Nexus are perfect for use with almost any TV in almost any setting. If you decide to shop around, look for the following features: • The best lifts will have up to 360 degree rotation so you have the greatest…
  • Kitchen TV Lifts – a Modern Convenience for the Modern Homeowner

    Nexus 21
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today, kitchens are gathering places for the entire family. Formal dining rooms sit unused, as everyone gathers around the kitchen table! Kitchens are bigger, roomier, and have plenty of space. Adding a TV lift to enhance your kitchen improves your home value and increases enjoyment! You’d be amazed at how people light up when they see tech like this in a perfectly ordinary kitchen. Take a look around your own kitchen. Surely there is a great location to host that impressive, sleek, hi definition flat screen you’ve been eying. Whether you are a hard-core Emeril fan or prefer Gordon…
  • On the Road Again – TV lifts for Travelers

    Nexus 21
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    More and more people leave behind the shackles of a house and a car and start living the RV life! While it’s fun to be on the road, you do want the amenities you’ve been accustomed to. A TV is a must for many, and a TV lift can make a lot of sense when living in such small quarters. First, decide where in your RV a TV makes the most sense. Most set it up where there is full visibility from both the bed and some comfortable seating. Once you’ve decided on a general area, look for a built in cabinet that can house your TV lift. The best option for a TV is one with a slim profile. You may…
 
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    Armchair Builder :: Blog :: Build, renovate, & repair your own home. Save money as an owner builder.

  • Owner Builders Save 50 Percent on Custom Options

    armchairbuilder
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Last week we talked about how owner builders can save twenty to twenty five percent by general contracting out their own home.  This is the fee the builder charges for managing the project.  We also discussed how an owner builder can save even more by taking on some of the physical labor themselves.  From painting [...]
  • General Contract Your Own Home… Save 20-25 Percent

    armchairbuilder
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    November 12th, 2014 So is it possible to general contract your own home and save money in the process?  The decision to take on this project shouldn’t be taken lightly.  There are subcontractors to deal with, building code changes, and complex design problems…just to name a few of the issues that come up during a [...]
  • Floor Squeaks with Floor Trusses

    armchairbuilder
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Reader Question on Floor Squeaks:  I just read your article about floor squeaks, and it is so helpful!  I am experiencing the HVAC floor squeak you described in one room in my house.  Luckily, there is an unfinished basement underneath. You mentioned I need to make sure there is a 1″ gap between the joists [...]
  • Quality Roof Details

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

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

  • 10 Must Have Unique Advent Calendars 2014

    rachelhirst
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:37 am
    U me and the kids Spoil your loved ones with our Top 10 unique advent calendars in 2014 to outshine the rest and make those 24 days on the run up to Christmas that little bit more exciting! As a child I remember the countdown to the 1st December being such an exciting time. The advent Calendars when I was little consisted of a pretty Christmas scene with doors to open each day displaying a picture of a Christmas image and if we were lucky a chocolate behind the windows. Advent calendars now amaze me from luxury chocolate calendars to lavish and unique calendars that are designed to pamper,…
  • Let’s Check our men – Spotting Testicular Cancer early!

    rachelhirst
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    U me and the kids We all know men are hopeless when it comes to going to the doctors, sorry men but it’s true! It is up to us ladies to grab our men by the balls (excuse the pun) and give him a quick feel to spot any lumps or bumps that might need to be checked by a doctor to rule out or catch Testicular Cancer early. I watched This Morning on TV  and saw a very brave men having his Testicals checked live on tv in front of the nation by doctor Chris Steel. Testicular cancer is more common in younger men under 50,  your risk is also increased if you are a white male and if there is a…
  • Inatek 3.0 USB + 1 Port Charging Hub + Competition

    rachelhirst
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    U me and the kids Find  out why this powerful Inatek 3.0 USB Hub with 4 charging Ports & 1 5V 2A port can really make a difference for those with far too many USB devices that are required at the same time. Our laptop is around 4 years old, it performs quite well, however there are times we lack enough ports to plug all of our devices in when required. Recently this problem has become a little worse due to only having 1 out of 3 USB ports working correctly, I have no idea why this has happen but it is certainly frustrating to say the least. Some of the devices I tend to use quite…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Easy Holiday Hair Bows

    The Ribbon Retreat
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Can you believe that there are only 5 more Fridays, including today, before Christmas? Whatttt? Are your hands tiring from all of the Christmas crafts you have been busily creating? Phew! I hope not, because today I am going to show you how to create a fabulous Christmas hair bow that is ooooohhhhh so very […]
  • How to Attach Marabou to a Hair Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you ever find yourself wishing that your hair accessories had just a little more pizazz? Sometimes adding something as simple as a little bling or a sweet resin does just the trick. However, sometimes…you still need a little something more and today, our brand new video tutorial is going to show you how simple […]
  • “Frozen” Inspired Headbands

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you have a miniature Elsa or Anna in your family or find yourself quite often humming the tune to “Let It Go”? I sure do…however, my little lady is Olaf’s biggest fan! She loves Elsa and Anna, Christoff and Sven, but if she had to pick who to spend the day with, it would […]
  • Woven Ribbon Christmas Stocking

    The Ribbon Retreat
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care… Can you believe it’s almost time to hang up our stockings? Or, maybe…some of us might already have our stockings hanging around offering holiday cheer. I love stockings and that is one tradition that I LOVE about Christmas and today, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts is […]
  • Christmas Present Bow

    Cheri Mortimer
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Christmas time is so much fun for many, many reasons…but one of my favorite things to do during the holidays is craft away especially when there is a nice, gentle snow fall covering my lawn with beeeeautiful white snow! Cherie is also a huge fan of Christmas crafting and today she is sharing a very […]
 
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  • How to Decorate Your Bedroom on a Budget

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

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

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

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

    Susanta Sahoo
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:34 pm
    If your hairstyle suits you, your personality can improve. There are many cases where a good hairstyle can significantly improve your facial appearance. So to look good, you certainly need the right kind of hairstyle. Here in this post you will find four tested and proven tips on getting the perfect haircut. Ask Friends Before you could choose the perfect hairstyle you must have to grow your hairs for a couple of months and experiment with the long hairs. You can either take the help of 2-3 close friends in this. Your friends can also help you find an expert hair stylist in your city.
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    The DIY Helpers

  • Black Mould: How to Get Rid of it and Prevent it

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Black mould or mildew in the bathroom isn’t just unsightly, it can be a real health hazard too. High levels of mould in the bathroom can cause a range of health problems as they produce a toxin which we breathe in every time we go into the room. In some people these problems can be mild allergy type symptoms, but in other people or when there are high levels of mould and mildew, the spores can cause permanent lung damage. Many households are involved in an ongoing battle against the mould and mildew, but there are a few things you can do to get rid of the mould, and to stop it coming back.
  • How to Install an Outdoor Tap

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    Plumbing is an important skill for any DIY enthusiast and often plumbing is at the center of most home improvement plans from kitchen refurbishments to bathroom refitting. Not only that it is important in emergency situations and to ensure you’re getting the best from your plumbing system.Outdoor Tap Fitting A garden tap is a useful addition to any home. Many homeowners are turning to outdoor taps for ease of gardening and other functions. The benefits of an outdoor tap far outweighs the affordable cost of having one installed.Working recently with a plumber who installed an outdoor…
  • Making a Greenhouse out of your Attic

    24 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    The benefits of converting your loft into an extra bit of living space, whether a spare bedroom, bathroom, home office or leisure area, are well known. From increasing your home’s value to expanding your available space without the need to move house, loft conversions have proven their worth time and again.Toronto Greenhouse LoftBut if those ideas don’t spark your interest, then how about something completely different? Those with green fingers and a bit of a creative bent could do well to take note of Toronto residents Stephen Young and Roseanne Berry, and their unique and ambitious…
  • How to Get Rid of Dust Mites

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    Dust mites are the bane of many people’s lives, but most especially those with asthma or other breathing issues. Dust mites are minute creatures which thrive off the dust and debris which is left behind by most human’s daily lives. Much of what forms the diet of the average dust mite is rather horrible to contemplate; they eat the tiny flakes of skin which are shed by humans and left behind on many surfaces but most especially within soft furnishings, bedding, rugs and soft toys. Because dust mites can cause extreme irritation to those who have breathing problems already, it is very…
  • 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…
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    Moonshine Distillers Blog

  • Scotch Pairing

    Carla
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You did it! That fantastic Scotch you carefully crafted and aged in that classic oak barrel is ready to be tapped. You need to grab a couple of good buddies and celebrate. Along with your belles of the ball – Your wife and the Scotch – you are going to need some quality pairings to serve. So get out your grocery list, and let’s get started. Meats Let’s not be coy, gentlemen; if it’s whiskey night, there better be meat on the menu. Nevertheless, it’s good to keep in mind that the meat you choose shouldn’t overpower the taste of your hard-earned Scotch,…
  • Under The Light of the Moon: A Quick, Down-and-Dirty History of Moonshine

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

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

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

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

  • How to Build Wood Pallet Furniture Projects

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

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

    Steve Sagovac
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
    All this timber just being wasted At my brothers factory, he is always receiving these long pallets of material that all include packing timber frames on the top and bottom of each pack. I must admit that I have seen these palettes over the years and not once did it occur to me to try and use the timber to build some furniture instead of just using it in my fireplace. Recently I noticed that an old table, with a slat top, that was always sitting outside was starting to look a bit worse for wear. A few of the slats along the top had rotted on the ends and they were starting to break off. That…
  • Termites – The Terrifying Truth infographic

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

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