How to Build Your Own Backyard Pergola

September 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Step 1: Materials and Tools – In order to complete the project you will need the following materials: pressure-treated or cedar 4x4s, 2x4s, 2x6s and 2x10s of number 2 pine. You will also need pea gravel, concrete, galvanized 16-penny nails, galvanized deck screws and lag bolts. You will also need the following tools: a circular saw, a power drill, a jigsaw or reciprocating saw, a 10 foot stepladder, a framing level, a plumb line, a post hole digger, a ratchet and sockets to fit the lag bolts, a Flathead screwdriver, a shovel and a wheelbarrow or garden tractor with a cart. For a project this size, it is crucial that you have a framing hammer. This is the type that has a cross-hatched head and straight nail pullers rather than the curved ones you see on ordinary hammers. You want a hammer that feels heavy to you. The trick to using a [...]

How to Make a Wooden Bucket for Indoor Plant Storage

September 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

If you want to spice up your house without spending a cent, the easiest way to do so is by decorating it with indoor plants. Putting in greens is one way to add life and vitality to your living space. But one problem can be where to put them. Good plant boxes can be hard to find. The solution? Why not make your own wooden bucket and use it as plant storage. Here are 6 steps to make a wooden bucket to store indoor plants. Step 1: Get all the materials needed in your project and arrange them on your work table. You will need 12 pieces of cedar board at 1x2x10, ½ inch drill bit, table saw, wood glue, ratchet straps, drill, 2 pcs copperbands at ½ x 38, damp rag, copper nails, cedar board measured at 3/4x12x12, hammer, jigsaw, pencil and a rope. Step 2: On both sides [...]

How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve

July 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm

A toilet fill valve is the contraption that rests in the water tank of your toilet and it controls how much water remains in the tank reservoir and how much water is released into the toilet bowl after you have flushed the toilet. A toilet fill valve is an important part of a working toilet because it controls how much water you use to flush to the toilet and it also manages your water use. When the toilet fill valve breaks, it’s important to replace it with a new on as soon as possible. How to Replace a Toilet Fill Valve Prepare the Work Area – First, turn off the water source to the toilet; there should be a pipe from the wall to the lower left corner of the reservoir tank. Close the valve in order to shut off the water. Also, I recommend putting down some towels to [...]

Spring Cleaning Your Dorm – Your Room and Beyond

April 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm

If you have spring cleaning on your mind as spring break nears, you are definitely in the minority. Motivating yourself to accomplish the task can be rather difficult when visions of beaches and oceans or mountains and old forests dance across your inner eye. Fortunately, it really isn’t too difficult a task once you organize and set your mind to get it done once and for all. Clearing – Are you simply clearing or clearing and cleaning? If the former is all that’s on the agenda, you could be finished in practically no time. If you’re clearing and cleaning, you’ll be involved a little longer, but you’ll still be able to complete the task in under a day, especially if you have your roommate’s help. Clearing unwanted clutter composes the easier part of the two-part task. Simply determine if you truly want – and have room for – something. If [...]