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How to Build a Wheelchair Ramp

December 8, 2008 at 5:05 am

A wheelchair ramp is an inclined plane used by wheelchair users and by people with strollers or any other wheeled objects to gain entry and exit from a building. For optimum usage of a wheelchair ramp, one must keep certain things in mind while designing it and adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.The guidelines specify a minimum of 36 inches for the width of a wheelchair ramp and not more than 1 inch of rise for every 12 inches of length, for the slope.A landing of a minimum of 5 feet square (60 by 60 inches) should be provided at the top and bottom of the ramp. Before you start check if you need permission to build a ramp from your local authorities. Once done, get the following equipments ready for the construction: camera, measuring tape, a level, table saw, skill or scroll saw, chop saw, power drills, [...]

How to Build a Stand

December 7, 2008 at 12:46 am

We use different kinds of stands in our daily life. Stands to stand up on, to showcase an artifact or simply to arrange goods. We have different kinds of stands like a telephone stand, kitchen stand and drawing stands. Today, we will see how to build a plant stand? A plant stand can give your plant an elevation, where you can tend to it easily. You can also put the plant stand in the verandah especially if it is a flowering plant. To begin with, you’ll need the following tools: measuring rule, pencil, carpenters’ square, handsaw, drill, straightedge, chisel, hammer, fine-toothed flat file, miter box and backsaw, nail set, sanding block, countersink, screwdriver and paintbrush. Materials needed: furniture-grade plywood, half-round molding, hide glue, 3-penny finishing nails, medium- and fine-grit sandpaper, rag, flathead wood screws and plastic wood paint. Once you have decided how long the stand is going to be, [...]

How to Build a Sofa

December 6, 2008 at 12:47 am

No living room is complete without the very old sofa. Comfortable, stylish and extremely useful, ever wonder how you can build one yourself. Well, let’s see how to build a sofa? First the design. Depending upon your requirement and the space available, make a simple drawing. Decide on the color and fabric, you want to use. Start with the frame. Create a rectangular shape for the seat. Fix it in the frame with nails and screws. You can also insert triangle supports in the corners for additional security. Now fix the back piece in the similar manner. Cut the arms as designed and fix them into the frame with thick bolt screws. Once the skeleton is ready, you can start with the foam and upholstery fabric. Before this you need to put the springs in place. Attach the springs to the back and the seat with the clips and screws.Fix [...]

How to Build a Log Splitter

December 4, 2008 at 8:51 am

A simple device for splitting wood is known as a log splitter. Before we get into how to build a log splitter, let us understand what are the different parts of a log splitter? A log splitter includes a cylinder, valve and short hoses. An engine and pump can also be added to the device. This machine can split a load of wood in 30 minutes. You will need the following to build a log splitter: I beam or an H beam of 6 inches or more depending on your cylinder size, a cylinder, 4 inches in diameter with a 1 3/4″ rod, control vale, control valve with detent for auto stop on return stroke, pump and engine, hydraulic hoses, a hydraulic tank that can hold 5-7 gallons, wedge and wedge support and triangular push block support. Cylinder: Build the brackets for the cylinder. Cylinders with rods need more space. [...]

How to Build a Hot Tub

December 3, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Hot tubs have given pampering a whole new meaning. They have become important in our day-to-day life with the spa culture gaining popularity across all sections of people. So why don’t we look at how to build a hot tub? Choose the location for your hot tub carefully so that you get complete privacy and do not attract many curious eyes. For the base, dig a hole in the ground. The measurements will depend on your choice of design. The dimensions will require an added two widths of thermalite blocks (100mm) on both the width and length. Lay a plastic membrane in it and fill it with 150mm of concrete. Let the concrete set for a day and then build the outer walls. The main outer walls consisted of four layers of thermalite blocks followed by one layer of regular bricks. The inner walls were two layers of thermalite blocks, [...]

How to Build a Compost Bin

December 2, 2008 at 6:58 am

With the population of eco-friendly people on the rise, the simple compost bin has caught everybody’s attention. A simple apparatus, helps you convert your daily rubbish into rich and valuable manure. Every gardener’s delight! Let us see how to build a compost bin in the following simple steps: You will need a simple plastic pail / bin with a tight fitting lid. The height and capacity of the bin depends on the amount of compost you are planning to put in. Recycle any pail/bin lying around and drill some holes at the bottom of the pail for aeration. Drill some holes on the lid too. Place some newspapers at the bottom to cover the holes, before you start adding the waste. Make sure you keep this bin in a shady area to avoid too much sun or rain. Keep it in your backyard, if you have one or on the [...]

How to Build a Generator

November 28, 2008 at 8:46 am

A generator is a machine, which produces electricity. Today, we have a wide variety of generators at our disposal. Coming in different types and capacities, they all work in the same manner. Lets see here how to build a generator. You will require: four magnets measuring 1 cm by 2 cm by 5 cm, a miniature lamp, 200 feet of magnetic wire, a long nail, a bulb of 1.5 volts and a strip of cardboard or Plexiglas or wood for the box. To start with make a box out of the cardboard. You can also use Plexiglas or wood. Mark the different sides of the box and fold it along the drawn lines. Let the first folded panel over lap the last panel and secure it with tape. Make holes at theexact center in the front and back of the box and widen them to allow a nail to spin. [...]

How to Build a Fish Tank

November 25, 2008 at 7:39 am

A fish tank is a good attraction in your home. A variety of colorful fishes can make it an instant hit with guests and children. Let us see how to build a fish tank. Cut the glass sheets to the desired sizes. Use a clean and smooth surface to work, so that you the glass sheets don’t get any scratches or stains. Start with the bottom glass piece. Keep in facing down. Take several lengths of duct tape and attaché it to the outer surface with enough width hanging over the edge to attach to the other glass pieces. Now turn the bottom piece and lay the front glass piece on the tape in line of the glass to form a rectangular box. Clean the area to be joined with acetone and paper towels. Fill the area between the two glass pieces with a non-toxic sealant. Now raise the front [...]

How to Build a Windmill

November 12, 2008 at 6:38 am

A windmill is a device, which uses the power of wind to rotate its blades to produce electricity or simply to pump water. This alternative form of power production is very cheap as it uses an already existing natural power source, the wind. The windmill is categorized into different types depending on its functions and output; it could either high tech or a simple one. Let us look into how we can make a simple windmill. The windmill is made up different components, namely the base, the tower, the blades and the nacelle, which is a gearbox, used in the movement of the blades. First the base, the base should be the strongest part of the structure because it will be the part that will support the entire weight of the windmill, offering it stability and form. The base should be largest in width and also quite heavy and should [...]

How to Build a Club House

November 11, 2008 at 10:06 am

There are many types of fun activities for young children. Building a clubhouse is one of them. This is one activity that the children all over the world enjoy to indulge in. A clubhouse is a retreat, a special hideaway for the little ones where they can involve themselves in creative types of play, building teamwork and concentration. In fact the process of building a clubhouse in itself is a creatively enriching one for them. How do we build a clubhouse? The first thing is to have a plan. We should have a visual image of the clubhouse we intend to build first including its size and measurements. Once the design is ready in our mind, it is better to bring those designs into a hard form or a hard copy by making blueprints or sketches of the proposed clubhouse. Once the basic plan is ready we can start the [...]