Saturday, December 31, 2011

Creative Recycling and Repurposing Ideas

Creative Recycling and Repurposing Ideas
Nice collection of ideas to recycle or repurpose otherwise thrown out items into handy things around the house.

Do-It-Yourself Soil Test

Do-It-Yourself Soil Test
Read More: How to Test Soil Acidity/Alkalinity without a Test Kit

Very simple test for soil using baking soda and vinegar and some time.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Simple Energy Savings

Click to Read More: Simple Energy Savings

Make a few easy changes around the house for substantial savings.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Most Popular Repurposing Tricks of 2011

Click to Read More: Most Popular Repurposing Tricks of 2011

Love to repurpose anything and everything, and when it's used up and not good for anything, it's best practice to recycle! Click the link above for some really great ideas like the picture to the left featuring an old milk jug that is easily transformed into a temporary lunch box or box for other purposes.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Surprising New Uses for Household Cleaners

Check out this awesome list of ways to clean your house using items that normally wouldn't be thought of as cleaners! And you already have them in your home I bet!

Click to View: Surprising Cleaning New Uses

Saturday, December 17, 2011

How to Clean Every Room in Your Home with Items You Already Have

Click to View: How to Clean Every Room in Your Home with Items You Already Have

Love these articles that show you a better, more natural way to do your cleaning chores. And if you save a few bucks, that's even better!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Scrapbook Paper iPhone Covers

On the Cheap: Scrapbook Paper iPhone Covers

Nice simple way to have an everlasting supply of graphics for your iPhone. This idea should also work with any other mobile phone that you can acquire clear plastic covers. My tip; try eBay

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Liquid Gold for Your Garden

Here's a good tip; try using the waste water from your aquarium as fertilizer in your garden. According to this article you will be pleasantly surprised. 

Click to View: Liquid Gold for Your Garden.

Switch from Zipper to Button Fly

What a great idea! I used to love those button fly jeans! No chance of getting "caught" in the zipper, lol.

Click to View: Button Fly

Friday, December 9, 2011

Great Example of a Tiny House

The Tiny House movement has grown in the last decade and is indicative of the current shift towards self sustainability due to our ever troubled economy.

People all over the nation (and many places abroad) are opting against or giving up their unnecessarily huge houses (and mortgage payments) to be able to live a debt free and sustainable lifestyle.

Now my take on it is a little different than what the people at the link below have done, but not by much. I like the idea of smaller, easily maintained domiciles, however I think the below 100 sq. ft. cabins on trailers would be too much of a stretch for me (although I wouldn't require much more.)

But have a look at what the Rowdy Kittens have done with their Tiny House, you will be amazed!

Click to View: Our Tiny House

Thursday, December 8, 2011

How to Build an Octagonal Deck

Click to View: How to Build an Octagonal Deck

Nice 'structable showing how to build your own fancy schmancy deck for your home. Seriously though it even covers the geometry needed to pull off the project. Not for the faint of heart but just follow the carpenter's golden rule; measure twice, cut once.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Perfect Replacement for Wet Jet Pads

Click to View: Cheap, Washable Wetjet replacement pads

Stop paying for those expensive refills!! Follow this instructable and save some cash on these little quick mops.

Builders Plans from WorkBench Magazine

Click to View: Builders Plans

Nice! Delicious little PDF files for you to download and use for your next project! There's alot of plans there! Don't just click the featured (pictured) plans, take a look below. Tables, chairs, storage, and outdoor projects! Something for every DIY'er!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Repurpose Pipe Insulation into a Door Draft Guard

Click to View: Repurpose Pipe Insulation into a Door Draft Guard

This "as seen on tv" item is not even worth purchasing if you can simply make one for yourself. Click the link above to make your own, at a much better price.

The Energy Lie (Suppression of Technological Evolution)

Click to View: The Energy Lie (Suppression of Technological Evolution)

A good site to read up on about how and why the powers that be are actively suppressing green technologies to keep us all enslaved to big oil, big electric, coal, and more. And on a similar note; you should learn all you can about the late great Nikola Tesla, he was the true father of Technology,  many of the devices you take granted today wouldn't be possible without Tesla. His likeness was even included in a popular movie not to long ago, it was a good flick too! Make sure you check out "The Prestige."

101 Pretty Printables

Click to View: 101 Pretty Printables

Nice page chock full of printables for everything from jar labels to door signs to personal stationary. Check it out!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Natty Light Becomes the First Beer In Space

Maybe a little off topic but this video is just plain awesome! Come to think of it, it's not off topic at all, there are several videos on YouTube from people that have launched these "weather balloon vehicles" and documented it using on board cameras, just search for it you'll see. So Enjoy!

Eh, I'm not really a Natty Light fan although it is one of my "backup beers" in case I can't get any Sam Adams at my local store.

Laser Cutting and Engraving

Click to View: Laser Cutting and Engraving

A great service for the crafty out there. Reasonably priced for all your laser cutting needs. Several types of materials can be used.

Ceiling Fan Pull Chain Nightlight

Click to View: Ceiling Fan Pull Chain Nightlight

A nice instructable and a great idea but there should be some way to not use the solar panel but it's a great idea anyway!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

How to Remove a Wine Stain & Other Awesome Uses for Salt

How to Remove a Wine Stain & Other Awesome Uses for Salt

  • Scrub your oven
  • Keep frost off your windows in wintertime
  • Make candles drip-less
  • Get rid of mildew
  • Prevent food from sticking to your pans
  • click the link above for more ...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Get Your Home Clean for the Holidays

LINK: Cleaning Your Home for the Holidays

I'm a little embarrassed about my own lack of order in my home so as part of my therapy, I read this article and am really pumped up about cleaning up the clutter! Whether or not the holidays are coming, it is a good time to start cleaning your home since the weather is not so nice nowadays.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Five Best Recipe Organization Tools

LINK: Five Best Recipe Organization Tools

Good list of tools to use to organize your recipes. Interestingly enough, all but one is not exclusively a recipe organization program.

Hack an Old LCD Monitor into a Polarized Privacy Monitor

This is the ULTIMATE in privacy!! Only the wearer of the glasses will be able to see the screen! Imagine having something like this at work for all your "Eyes Only" secret stuffs. LOL

Saturday, November 26, 2011

15 Home Repairs for $15

LINK: 15 Home Repairs for $15

It's good to know these quick inexpensive tips for around the home so you don't end up wasting money unnecessarily.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Is It Ever Worthwhile to Line Up for Black Friday?

LINK: Is It Ever Worthwhile to Line Up for Black Friday?

IMHO It's only worthwhile if you are buying a big ticket item that is offered at a big discount. I wouldn't stand in line for a buck or two off the usual stuff.

Harbor Freight Ultrasonic Cleaner

Harbor Freight Ultrasonic Cleaner

This video shows how this inexpensive cleaner gets the caked on grit and carbon off of a handgun, which isn't an easy task, using regular water and about 8 minutes worth of your day.

5" Double Cut Saw HARBOR FREIGHT


Here is a good video review from an actual user of the product which includes a good test for this inexpensive double cut saw!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Repurpose Tension Curtain Rods into Pantry Dividers

Awesome idea! Especially if you're like me and have a few of these gathering dust.

8 ft. x14 ft. Sportin' Cabin

If you spend any time on the Tiny House Blog, you will love it as much as I do. They feature House Plans that most people with a moderate amount of carpentry skills can complete. Some plans are free too! Most plans are priced around the $10 mark so they are very affordable. The success stories are the best! To see how people go from start to finished is very inspirational. So check it out today!

LINK: 8 ft. x14 ft. Sportin' Cabin

Shipping Container As An Underground Shelter

Wow! This person built a great looking underground shelter for not too much money (considering the task), and turned it into a wine cellar (they must love wine!) But these ideas can also be used to make a fallout shelter, hidden panic room or somewhere to hide your gold and guns! LOL

Building a solar generator

This is one person's way of building a Solar Power generator, interesting concept but I think it can be done for a lot less up front cash. Check it out anyway it might give you some inspiration for your own rig.

LINK: Building a solar generator

Friday, November 11, 2011 Black Friday Ad

Keep looking here for their ad to be released soon! They have a great selection of tools and machinery for your home and business!

LINK: Black Friday Ad and the 2011 Tractor Supply Company Black Friday Deals

The 2011 Cabela's Black Friday Ad Scan

Another great collection of deals for the outdoor enthusiast! Check out the generator deals! Lots of stuff for the hunter in here, from firearms to clothing to sausage stuffers! LOL.

LINK: The 2011 Cabela's Black Friday Ad Scan Black Friday Ad

I'm sure they will release their Black Friday deals soon, as I'm sure there will be great deals so keep tabs on this page!

LINK: Black Friday Ad and the 2011 Home Depot Black Friday Deals Black Friday Ad

Five Below has lots of stuff for quickie gifts for the holiday season! Lots and lots of kids stuff, candy, music, dvd, video games and more!

LINK: Black Friday Ad and the 2011 Five Below Black Friday Deals Black Friday Ad

Lowe's is the DIY'er paradise! I am especially looking forward to getting a nice table saw and chop saw for $69 each! Time to fill out your home workshop!

LINK: Black Friday Ad and the 2011 Lowe's Black Friday Deals

The 2011 Walmart Black Friday Ad Scan

Of course you have to check out the superstore of savings offerings for Black Friday!

LINK: The 2011 Walmart Black Friday Ad Scan

The 2011 Gander Mountain Black Friday Ad Scan

Check out this scan of the Gander Mountain Black Friday ad, there's a really nice generator in there at a great deal! Plus if you like outdoor sports, firearms, clothing and such, then this a good read for you!

LINK: The 2011 Gander Mountain Black Friday Ad Scan Black Friday Ad

I know all you DIY'ers out there love Black Friday Deals so click the following link and check it out!

LINK: Black Friday Ad and the 2011 Target Black Friday Deals

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Homesteader's Free Library

Put this one on your bookmarks bar! A wealth of information for the DIY'er! Too much stuff to cover in one little blog post so go check it out for yourself! Covers topics like Alternative Energy, Construction, Cooking, Gardening, Growing Food and much more!

LINK: The Homesteader's Free Library

How to Detox with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used as a medical remedy for thousands of years. Its acids bind to toxins in the body and help detoxify the liver. Its health benefits range from treating acne and eczema to helping with weight loss and regulating cholesterol levels


Best Garden Designs - Purple Punches

Some nice inspirational Garden designs to get your green thumbs going ...

LINK: Best Garden Designs: Purple Punches

Top Bloggers Favorite DIY Projects

Some interesting DIY Projects for your home!

LINK: Top Bloggers Favorite DIY Projects

Historic Shed Cottage

The TinyHouseBlog is a great inspiration for those that want to build their tiny dream home today! Just consider how much a home costs even in this downed economy. Imagine simply buying a little plot of land in a rural area and starting your own Tiny House Project, maybe at first it will only be a vacation or weekend home, but you may find that it could be a new lifestyle waiting for you, and you would have done it for a lot less than the cost of a traditional home.

LINK: Historic Shed Cottage

Technobuzz's 31 How To Sites to Check Out

Nice list, scan it quickly, some you know immediately but it's the obscure ones that will surprise you. Have fun!!

LINK: 31 How to Sites Must Check

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ditch Big Brother and Disappear Forever

Alot of good info here on how to get it started. However, you would really REALLY need to be determined to stay off any radar of any sort which, these days, is almost impossible. I think there is a "happy medium" that you should try to reach in this endeavor. A good start would be determining your need for credit cards, social networks, and governmental services. I like the ideas here but find them impractical in our modern age.

My focus would be to get rid of my credit cards, minimize my usage of financial institutions, because truthfully, the tiny bit of interest you gain in most banks these days is not worth your time; better to just keep your cash in a very good safe - oh, and get some guns and firearm education to protect yourself!

NEVER use any actual information on any social network! No phone numbers, photos, addresses, etc. Even your friends list can link you to people you may not even consider your friend. I like the section that is titled "Lie, Lie and Lie Some More", it makes sense.

How to Ditch Big Brother and Disappear Forever

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

5 Places To Find Free Clothes Online So You Don’t Have To Go Naked

Find That Lost Manual Now!

Ok this is important and it's free. Keep these links handy for when you need to find that long lost manual for that old device, machine, or electronics that you still use. I have found manuals for most of the garden machines that I acquired for free through Craigslist so I could repair them. Good reference!

Free User Manuals and Owners Guides

Monday, October 31, 2011

Mosaic Toilet Tank Pot

I love the idea of this re-purposing! Especially since I have an old toilet in my garbage pile waiting for the junker to come. So I'll post my results here when I get to it.

Easy Arcade Cabinet

I definitely want to do this! The cabinet is probably the hardest part since you simply put an old PC into the cabinet and hook it up to a TV or Monitor. The popularity of the multiple arcade emulator (MAME) let's you play all those game systems and arcade classics you grew up with!

Multi-Level Cat Tree

Wonderful! Since I have many felines roaming around my house, this is pretty much a necessity. Use these plans as a base and add or modify as needed. Does not look difficult at all and offers you the ability to change as you need it.

A Simple Solar Charging Station

This is an awesome and simple DIY Solar Charging Station that anyone can build! It's really great to have free power available to you to charge your devices. Could probably be modified to keep indoors or maybe a portable version so you can bring it to the beach or out in the wilderness with you.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Shelter Frame Connectors

All sorts of kits that allow you to build your own style of shelter whether that be a garage, yurt, storage shed, or a permanent home! This page is updated regularly. 

Outdoor Pet Enclosure Made of PVC

If you have a cat or two, this could also be used for small to medium sized dogs I would think. This seems like an inexpensive way to give your pet some outdoor time without letting them get into too much trouble or wandering away. 

How To Make Blooming Tire Planters

Ha! I've always wondered how people make those things! It would seem to me near impossible to turn a car tire inside out. I want to try this!

15 Shipping Container Projects of 2010

Here's another nice Gallery of finished projects.

50 Incredible Homes Made Of Repurposed Shipping Containers

A nice gallery featuring some great ideas for re-using shipping containers for housing. Here in the states, you can buy these old containers for as low as $1000 sometimes. What condition they will be in is obviously based on the price. Click here for a Google Search to buy these. And of course try your local Craigslist for deals.

And So We Begin ...

DIY Fanatic is my blog of discovered How To's and Do It Yourself projects for a wide range of categories. You'll find links, reviews and step by steps for computer, solar, gardening, crafts, alternative energy, homesteading, home making, and more! Keep in touch and comment or discuss often!