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How to Easily Heat Your Home Using Flower Pots & Tea Lights

How to Easily Heat Your Home Using Flower Pots & Tea Lights
Wanting to cut costs on the energy bill, especially now that temperatures are dropping for the season? Economics may be one reason to seek more sustainable energy sources, but this inventive way to heat the house is also purely fascinating. Journalist, YouTuber, and boat owner Dylan Winter created his DIY heater using tea lights and placed inside a bread tin and covered with two ceramic flowerpots. This creative system uses the scientific principles of convection heat transfer and, according to Winter, can heat his home for around 8 hours a day. The tea lights are first put into a bread loaf tin and covered with a small upside-down flower pot. The hole in the top of the upside-down pot is covered with the metal casing leftover from one of the tea lights. This system works because the candles produce gases full of heated particles that are captured and channeled through the pots. One does not need a huge amount of money to invest in this economical heating method, either. Related:  MiscellaneousLife HacksUnusual Science & activities

Moccasin boot hybrids - old meets new (traditional buckskin woodland footwear, with a modern twist..) This is an article I wrote for a magazine around this time last year, re-posted for those who haven't yet seen it, anyone who has expressed an interest in how they were made having seen them on a course or on my social media images and anyone who likes looking at bluebells! As an amateur designer and maker of home-made clothing and equipment, my holy grail has always been footwear. To look at a modern pair of training shoes for example, with a view to replicating them befuddles my brain beyond belief. Even a standard pair of leather boots seems to combine an unbelievable number of highly developed skills to stitch, shape and join the leather, rubber and metal in order to make something we all take for granted. The humble pair of boots has to fulfil an extraordinary task for which they are not given enough credit. Surely then, to make one’s own footwear for the woods is a skill reserved for only an elite minority, the chosen few, a special kind of craftsman? “Cobblers!”

How to make a rocket with sugar and kitty litter Got some powdered sugar and kitty litter just lying around? Sure, there are some more practical uses for both of those things, but let's add some potassium nitrate to the mix and blow it all sky-high. [optional caption text here] Image: [name here]/Shutterstock There's a special place in YouTuber Grant Thompson aka the King of Random's heart for rockets made from innocuous, everyday objects. But what if you could use some plain old powdered sugar and a little bit of potassium nitrate to create a homemade pyrotechnic mixture that can launch a rocket over 700 metres (2,300 feet) into the air? Watch the video above to find out how you can construct this awesome little homemade rocket, complete with a built-in time delay and a parachute ejection charge.

45 Cool Things Everyone Should Learn You know what I love about the Internet? You can find courses, tutorials and lessons for almost anything – and many of them are free. Are you interested in learning to crochet or designing your own website but don’t know when you’ll have the time? Have you thought about taking up an instrument or learning to dance but can’t afford the cost of a class? Would you like to perform a few simple repairs but have no clue where to start? Web Design from Scratch – Your Complete Guide to Web Design.Learn to Crochet – From the Lion Brand yarn company.Learn to Draw Portraits – I couldn’t draw my way out of a paper bag. This list isn’t complete by any means. And you will like also this cool posts: 25 Halloween Science and Sensory Activities for Kids - Fun-A-Day! 672 Flares6481806----×672 Flares FUN Halloween science and sensory activities for the kiddos! Welcome back to Share It Saturday. Last week, as always, there were so many wonderful posts linked up! 1. 11. 16. 21. Be sure to check out my fellow hostesses and see what they’re featuring this week! If you’re a blogger, come on over and share a few recent posts! Here’s the Share It Saturday Button for those of you who link up: For those who were featured, feel free to grab a button just for you: (Linkup closed) Shared at Pinning for Play Hi there!

Bathroom vanity from old pallets (Habitat for Humanity International/Randy Ahmann) Reusable materials can be found just about anywhere! My latest project was created using the portable platform that stores, handles and moves the materials and packages we purchase in retail operations every day – pallets. It began with simply cutting a pallet in half and using it as the base. Then another pallet was broken down for the bracing. The countertop and bottom shelf were made from 1800s hardwood flooring that I had salvaged from a deconstructed house about two years ago. Before you toss out that non-working console TV, cracked light fixture, broken door or wooden pallet, think about the “re-possibilities” that can make it useful again and help keep it out of the landfills.

Build yourself a portable home - a mongolian yurt Yurt/Gher Construction 101 A guide to Building Yurts...or more specifically, how I built mine! Based on Knowledge Gained from "Doing it Myself", and reading about it on-line. I've now built three yurts, for myself and friends, and we go camping in Luxury in these a few times a year. If you like the outdoors, but you hate having to crawl around in pokey little tents then this one's for you! We sleep two of us in luxury in this tent, in a full queen-sized bed! We have dedicated hanging space for our clothes so they don't crumple or anything, and lockable boxes for our belongings (or a lock on the door works too!) When we invite other camping-inclined friends over for a party in our tent, we can confortably fit 15-20 people in, sitting around on cushions and lounging on the bed and on the rugs on the floor... now that's what I can a party tent! If you like pictures, please be sure to have a look at step 9 - it's got over 50 assembly photos on that step alone !

Building a Simple Kirlian Photography Device The Kirlian device we are building uses a HV transformer. It is battery powered, but don't let that lull you into a false sense of safety. The Kirlian device generates pulses of high voltage that can provide a nasty shock. Still an advantage of being battery powered is portability. In addition we will build a transparent electrode that allows one to use a standard camera (with bulb setting) to capture Kirlian images. The schematic is shown in Figure 2. Figure 2 If the photo batteries are not available you may want to try wiring 10 or more 9-volt batteries in series. The capacitors C1-C4 are wired in parallel as shown in Figure 2. The transformer T1 is a high voltage auto-transformer. Figure 3 The toggle switch SW1 is a single pole double throw "momentary" contact. The switch is important and must be wired correctly to obtain maximum benefit. To mount the switch to the board a metal battery clip (9-volt) is used, see parts list. Previous Page: Introduction | Next Page: Exposure Plate

10 Lifehacks from 100 Years Ago In the late 1880s, cigarette manufacturers began inserting stiffening cards into their paper packs of cigarettes to strengthen the containers. It wasn't long before they got the idea to put artwork, trivia, famous people, and pretty girls onto those cards, grouped into collectible series. The cards, which continued into the 1940s, are highly valuable now, with the most expensive (bearing the face of stringent anti-smoking baseball player Honus Wagner) selling for $2.8 million in 2007. In the 1910s, Gallaher Ltd of Belfast & London and Ogden's Branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co printed "How-To" series, with clever hints for both everyday and emergency situations. (Please note these cards were published a hundred years ago, when safety was not as popular a pursuit as it is now. 1. "Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. More from The Week... J.K.

What is Mantle of the Expert? » Mantle of the Expert By Viv Aitken (a version of this article originally appeared in the NZ Education Review, July 3 2009) Mantle of the expert … an active, urgent, purposeful view of learning, in which knowledge is to be operated on, not merely taken in (Dorothy Heathcote) Mantle of the Expert has been described as ‘a dramatic inquiry-learning based approach to teaching and learning’ []. First developed by Prof. Dorothy Heathcote at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK during the 1980s, Mantle of the Expert is a fully ‘incorporated’ approach in which children learn across all curriculum areas by taking on the roles of experts engaged in a high status project for a fictional client. As experts the children encounter authentic tasks and solve realistic problems related to the project. The fictional nature of Mantle of the Expert is critical to its potency as a learning tool. “In over four years MOE has transformed my teaching and the attitudes of children in my class.