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Quick & Easy Homestead Uses For Plastic Bottles (PET)

Quick & Easy Homestead Uses For Plastic Bottles (PET)
In the not too distant past, you would buy milk, sodas, etc. in glass bottles which you would return to the store to be sterilized and used again. Now, with our disposable culture, plastic bottles have replaced this system and have consequently become one of the many banes of the landfills. We need to rectify this wasteful and eco-nomically expensive practice. The current popular solution to the problem is recycling. That said, here are 10 simple ideas on how to reuse plastic bottles around the homestead. Related:  Tools: Tips, Info & Homemade Tools

How To Build A Cider Press - DIY Related Content Cider Press Plans Want fresh cider? Make your own cider press using these free plans. Click on the corresponding thumbnails in the Image Gallery (accessible on Page 1 of this article) for referenced figures and diagrams. Before the advent of the pop bottle and urban sprawl, just about every farm had a cider press. Nowadays, it's well nigh impossible to come by an old-fashioned barrel press. Now, I'm not a cooper (heaven forbid!) You Can Build a Cider Press My little cidermaker's not at all difficult to build. Use Hardwood for the Press You'll notice that in the "List of Materials" (Page 6) I've specified hardwood for the basket's slats. Bear in mind, as you build the basket, that the spacing between slats (on the inside of the hoop looking out) should be very close to 1/16" after everything has been assembled. The slats on my machine's basket are 5/8" thick (a thickness, I've found, that can be cut from most breadboards). The Support Frame The Trough and Drain OK. OK.

Recycled Grocery Totes Ready to go green? Then say goodbye to your old grocery bags by melting them into something cute. Afterall, plastic is the new plastic, right? Skill Level: Beginner to IntermediateNeeded: * plastic grocery bags (Target bags work best)* Parchment Paper* Fabric for handles and decor (optional)* IronWe’ll be fusing layers of old grocery bags together to create a stronger “fabric” for our new bags. 1. I guess Target needs to add #6. I chose to only use the white portion of my bags. Cut the bottom, top and sides off of your bag. Lay the long rectangular sheet flat. This is the tricky part, so I won’t sugar coat it. I found that the best way is to start at the bottom and press the iron up, to get any air bubbles out. When you’re all done, it should look like this, a large sheet of plastic: Continue the process so that you have sheets of this new “fabric” to work with. 2. Cut out your bag pieces using a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler. 3. Trace the letters on to your fabric with a marker.

How To Sharpen Tools: The Family Handyman Sharpening your tools Years ago, I drove by a storefront with a hand-painted plywood sign. It read “Tool Sharpening.” Inside I saw a lean old fellow with wisps of gray hair curling from the backside of an old hunting cap. A week later when I walked into the store, he asked me what my name was and started rummaging through a pile of bags and boxes. The next day I gathered my garden tools and brought them down to the same shop. A moment passed, then he looked me in the eye and said, “Why don’t you do it yourself?” That afternoon changed forever how I look at tools. Do It All with Three Simple Tools A Grinding Wheel, a Mill File and a Sharpening Stone You can sharpen most garden tools with a simple 10-in. mill bastard file (Photo 5). A grinding wheel (shown in Photo 4) is good only for removing larger amounts of steel. You can buy all these sharpening tools at home centers and hardware stores. Lawn mower blades: Sharpen and balance 1 of 7 Photo 1: Block the blade Remove the spark plug wire.

An Ax to Grind: A Practical Ax Manual, 9923-2823-MTDC, Getting the Hang of It (continued) Sharpening "Putting your nose to the grindstone" implies tedious, repetitious, and unending work. You will find that sharpening a dull or abused ax is indeed tedious and repetitious, but to do it right you have to do it slowly (Figure 62). Along the way, you'll learn the value of patience, and appreciate the differences in steel tempering and ax quality as you sharpen different axes. Figure 62-The right way and wrong way to use a grinding wheel (drawings by Frederic H. Never use an electric high-speed dry bench grinder to sharpen your ax. If you don't have a pedal grindstone, your options are limited to a file and whetstone. Figure 63-Tools for sharpening (clockwise from top left) include leather gloves; ax-bit width gauges; 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch mill bastard files; Carborundum scythe stone; Carbor-undum ax stone; file card; and grooved Carborundum sharpening stone. Fit your file with a guard to protect your hands (Figure 64). Now it is time to hone the edge with a whetstone.

Miwa Koizumi: PET project - plastic water bottles PET project / plastic water bottles / NEW Check out the new photography project. NEW There is also a new set of images of the aquarium I built on display at Spring I love the idea of using liquid containers to make water animals. And I wanted some pets... plastic water bottles, 2005 installation view at sawaguzo at Redux close up floating creature San Pellegrino water bottle, 2005 close up jelly fish Volvic water bottle, 2005 close up sea floor Poland Spring heel, 2005 San Pellegrino water bottle, shadow of two Poland Spring creatures 2005 making of... I use a combination of heat guns, soldering irons and different cutting utensils to make these PETs. what is PET? PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is in fact very natural, it is made from oil, which comes from really old plants. upcoming: recent: Broadthinking /Unnatural Acts and other illicit thoughts about nature/ Jan. 2-15, 2009 Broadway Gallery Small quick show in a venerable downtown institution Cool /Summer Invitational/ Jul 10 - Aug 15, 2008

Country Living Grain Mill Review Rating: 6.8/ 10 (33 votes cast) Country Living Hand Grain Mill is one of the must have appliances for hand grain milling. Buy Country Living Hand Grain Mill on If you are looking for a short-term mill, the Countr Living Grain Mill shouldn’t be your choice because it has been designed to last a lifetime. It features double industrial sealed bearings, carbon steel grinding plates, stainless steel shaft, and has a solid I-beam construction made of cast aircraft aluminum. The Countr Living Grain mill, a well made rugged mill, is manufactured specifically for those looking for the best available speed, durability, grind quality, and very long life in a simple and very easy-to-use mill that is cost efficient as it doesn’t rely on electricity. Some of the Notable features include: Country Living Grain Mill , 6.8 out of 10 based on 33 ratings

Whizbang Cider: Whizbang Cider Photo Gallery My 46-page planbook, Anyone Can Build A Whizbang Apple Grinder And Cider Press tells you exactly how to build the grinder and press shown in the pictures below. If you don't yet have a copy of the book, these pictures will provide you with an excellent idea of just how simple and practical the Whizbang cidermaking system is. For those who have the book with it's many illustrations, these pictures serve to bring the line drawings to life. That is the Whizbang apple grinder, setting in my kitchen. That's ground-up apple mash flowing out the grinder drain pipe. A bushel of apples (42 pounds) renders a pail of mash, like you see here. Here we have washed apples on the kitchen table. My son is feeding apples into the grinder. Here's another view of the grinder and mash-filled buckets. Here's a view of the Whizbang cider press. That white thing on top of the pressing tub is the "pressure plate." This picture shows the pressure plate on the pressing shaft and the shaft elevated above the tub.

no está disponible. Bertrand, an air whale made of garbage bags, by Matt Jones. Flexural Strength for Industrial Coatings - PennCoat Inc. Blog Flexural Strength The next physical characteristic to fall under our gaze is flexural strength, which is simply resistance to bending along the sample’s axial plane — it is different from torsional, or twisting, strength. The standard flexural strength test for plastic materials, including coatings, paints and films, is ASTM D790. A Little Physics With the ends of the sample free to move and pressure applied to the center, the test machine forces a plastic sample to flex, or bend. The formula for flexural strength, σ, under a three-point load is equal to 3FL/2bd2, where: F = force at fracture pointL = support span lengthb = width of sampled = thickness of sample A related physical quantity is flexible modulus, E, the ratio of stress (force) to strain (deformation). Testing Flexural Strength As we’ve mentioned in previous articles in this series, the first step is to mix up the test material and pour it into molds. The sample breaksThe sample deflects 5 percent

Honey Extractor Got Bee's? I knew this day would come. One day all those bees would make some honey then I would have to make a honey extractor-anator and extract all the honey in the tri-state area. After all what could go wrong? I have been a city bee keeper for two years now and this will be my first harvest. This project went together by solving one problem at a time in sort of a hap hazard way and getting a bit of luck every know and then. The theory behind the extractor is to spin the frames of honey flinging the honey out and leaving the wax intact. I noticed that a frame from my hive fit in a food grade bucket that i had for making beer.

Making a Magic (Drinking Straw) Flute Maybe my kids are weird but both of them love using drinking straws. So we had all the supplies we needed on hand for this little craft – nine straws and some clear tape. When I told my son we were making a flute, he was super excited. His classroom teacher is getting married and has been sharing details of the ceremony. “You know what the only instrument being played at her wedding is, Mom?” my son asked. Before we got crafty, we read a wonderful book. Before we got into the story, we went through the cast of characters on the opening few pages. With the book read, I asked my son to grab his ruler, scissors, nine straws, and some clear tape. The first straw was set aside; it required no cutting. Now my son laid a long piece of clear tape sticky side up on the table and lined the straws up longest to shortest, with the tops of each even with one another. It was time to play our ‘magical’ flute! “I would play it for my brother to make him fall asleep,” he wrote.