DIY Air Conditioners – How to Make Your Own Cool Air September 7, 2010 5:00 PM The California Cooler The California Cooler is a revival of an old technology driven by an insight that's overlooked in these days of engineered indoor environments: Cool air keeps things cool. Liquid-Cooled Car Seats Afraid your baby's seat is getting too hot? Dew Bucket: An Evaporative Drink Cooler Consider these two facts: Evaporation cools things, and bottles can't sweat like people. Portable Air Conditioner This is a $10 air-conditioner built around an ice chest. Garden-Watering A/C Air conditioners can dump hundreds of gallons of water each year. Homemade A/C The mastermind behind these instructions built an air conditioner to circumvent a rule in the office.
Series 7 - Ornament-ED Finale: Heart House Ornament I have been feeling some feelings lately. Like, feelings of well-being. Like, spontaneous-breaking-into-song-and-general-wonderfulness-type feelings. I know... It sounds pretty floofy, but I can't help it. And I can't explain it either. Before I Begin: I made two versions of this ornament. Tutorial ♥ Heart House Ornament You will need: Old greeting cards or tissue box (but I strongly recommend old greeting cards)Pair of scissorsExacto knifeCraft glueClothespins (for clamping)Pretty stringTwo wooden beads (I stole these from The Boy's stash. 2. 3. 4. 5. Don't look now, but the cute heart house is complete and ready to hang! It reminds me of a itsy garden gazebo or merry-go-round, hee hee. On that note, it is time to bid a fond farewell to this little series... Have a happy weekend.
Easy Aquaponics from "mostly" re-purposed materials What really prompted this project was the fact I was getting very tired of the fire ants getting into my raised beds. After losing much of my crops to ants, I decided I was going to grow in water via hydroponics. Then, I learned about Aquaponics and it was on. Thanks to the help of my son, all of the 6" screws were taken out of these timbers, we cut them to size and ultimately built a smaller version for the tank and used some of the pieces for legs and supports on the grow bed. It is worth noting that we were able to reuse most of the screws that came out of the timbers as well so I did not have to buy any. The size of my grow bed and the size of my tank were based on mathematical calculations made by me based on the amount of pond liner I had available to me.
Bouts de laine et ballon de baudruche ... tuto d'une boule de noël ? "Je l'emmène tout de suite dans un hôpital psychatrique ou je lui laisse une dernière chance ... ?" c'est sans doute ce que Monsieur se serait encore dit s'il m'avait vue en train de gonfler un ballon et l'enduire minutieusement de margarine !!! Mais, non je ne suis pas encore folle, c'était pour faire ça : Une boule en laine ! (boule insérée à ma petite déco présentée ici) J'avais vu cette idée dans une page spéciale "enfants" dans un "Ouest-France" pendant mes vacances ... J'ai proposé cette activité à Jérémy : Il suffit de gonfler un ballon (j'ai eu du mal à obtenir des boules bien rondes et pas en forme d'oeuf !!! Ensuite, il faut l'enduire d'un corps gras (d'où ma margarine !) On laisse sécher puis on perce le ballon (dans le cas de ma boule) ou on décolle simplement (dans le cas de la corbeille de Jérémy). Dans la lancée, on a testé aussi ce support "ballon" avec du papier mâché : A bientôt
Canned Food Storage We have been looking for a way to store our canned food that takes up less space than just putting them on a shelf. We found inspiration on Pinterest and built our own self-rotating racks! With just a piece of plywood and some 1x3s and some 1x2s. And on the wedge we screwed in an L bracket. We screwed two boards with an angled cut at the top to the wall and the rack had boards with opposite angle cuts on the back. Here is the first rack. And here are both! UPDATE We had a request for more information on the canned food rack that we posted a couple of months ago. If I was building it again, I'd use very thin plywood (1/4" or thinner) for the pieces that go on the front of the rack, instead of 1"x2". The angled piece at the bottom of each row of cans was just cut from a 2x4. Then I cut the 2x4 lengthwise in half at an angle. Once I had it cut in half at an angle, I cut the piece into 2-3" wide triangles. The boards that hold it to the wall were about 1/2" thick plywood.
Yarn Ball DIY Tutorial As mentioned in this recent post, I’ve attempted making yarn balls to hang over the dance floor at our wedding reception next month. Having successfully made 8 so far, I wanted to share this tutorial with others who were interested in also trying them as I think I may have uncovered the secret to successfully making them. Up first, gather the supplies! You’ll need include: Yarn – I used the cheapest gray yarn I could find.ScissorsPunch Balloon – this is a must! As I mentioned above, the punch balloon is a must. They’re durable. Now that I’ve told you how much I adore punch balloons, we can move on. I’m sure you’re wondering why I didn’t include specific measurements for the water, glue and corn starch and the reason is I don’t think it matters. Up next, set up your work area! Ideally, you’d have a photography backdrop stand (or a friend who owns one- thanks, Beth!) Next, blow up your punch balloon, roll the end and tuck it in so it looks like an inny belly button, like this: Voilà!
soak and sprout Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt - the Seventh Wonder of the Ancient World Arabian proverb says, "Everything in the world is afraid of time, and time is afraid of the pyramids". A year ago Sergey Semenov tried to rent a helicopter in Cairo to shoot the pyramids. It didn't work. "No photos allowed due of the close proximity of the military base" such was the explanation. However there was positive news — a story of a French science enthusiast, who bribed local guides and got on top of a pyramid with his equipment to measure some magnetic fields. We had to hurry up, because pyramid of Cheops was the only one of "Seven Wonders of the World" still standing; and the last "Transformers" movie made me think that the militant robots might actually destroy the pyramids for real next time :) Frame from the movie «Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen» We assembled the team and sent it off to Egypt. So the guys left for Egypt to photograph pyramids. This price included access to the photographic location and police escort for entire day. "Quit playing games, boys!
27 Medicinal Plants Worth Your Garden Space Playful as kids are, accidents happen. And the accident that befallen me at 7 years old was the feeling of the hot exhaust pipe of a motorcycle kissing the skin of my leg. Grandma was around and saw it. Immediately, she took out a knife and slice the thick lower part of the aloe vera plant by the garden and rubbed the exposed end on the burn. Looking back, I realized that it was important to have medicinal plants around the house cause you never know when you might need them. Aloe Vera The aloe vera grows only under the sun with well drained dry or moist soil. woundscutsburnseczemareducing inflammation Apart from its external use on the skin, aloe vera is also taken internally in the treatment of : ulcerative colitis (drinking aloe vera juice)chronic constipationpoor appetitedigestive problems Marsh Mallow The plant of which marshmallows were once made of. inflammations and irritations of the urinary and respiratory mucus membranescounter excess stomach acidpeptic ulcerationgastritis Camomile
DIY Autumn Leaf Bowls As we mentioned before, this is our favorite time of year for DIY decor. The chill is in the air and the leaves are changing color, and there's no better way to preserve the delight than by welcoming it into your home. Yes, the craft stores overflowing with autumn decorations can be intimidating, but there are ways to turn those faux autumn leaves into something beautiful and functional. Materials: Craft store leaf garland, Mod Podge (matte finish), Foam Brush, Balloon, Scissors, Mixing bowl *Tip: try to find thin, paper-like leaves for your garland. How To: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. **Attention readers! Looking for more DIY projects and free downloads? How to Construct a Small Septic System Edit Article Edited by Tom Viren, Josh Hannah, James Quirk, Ben Rubenstein and 27 others Most private septic systems are made up of two parts: The holding and digesting tanks and the dispersal field. The system shown here is a small system, designed for limited use of by two people with no laundry and a small travel trailer. Property owners planning a system similar to this one should be aware that this system would not pass muster with any public health department in the USA and could subject the owner to a hefty fine if the system was discovered in use. Ad Steps 1Dig a ditch 4 feet wide, 26 feet long, and 3 feet deep. 29Fill the upper drum with water. Tips After a while, you may see settlement where the trench was. Warnings Local Septic Regulations should be followed when constructing a septic system.
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Hanging Kitchen Herb Garden Doubles as Light Fixture June 3, 2013 by Robin Plaskoff Horton Landscape designer, Thibaut Delefortrie, and product designer, Eugénie Pfeil, combined creative forces to bring the garden into the kitchen, a collaboration that resulted in Klorofyll, a suspended light fixture that doubles as a hanging kitchen garden for growing aromatic herbs. Both functional and decorative, Klorofyll is part of the trend for growing one’s own, even if it’s just a few herbs, and also reflects consumer interest in personalization–users can decide how to use the product in a way that fits their personal lifestyle. Klorofyll’s 360° rotating cylinder contains six openings for removable planters, and two LED light rings which provide illumination, its electric wiring contained within the suspension cable and other technical parts inside one end of the module. As a pendant light, it provides functional lighting for the kitchen work space and at the same time enables cooks to snip culinary herbs from directly overhead.