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10 Life Hacks with PVC #10

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Here is the 10th Edition to our 10 Life Hacks videos. We built and tested these with success. I hope you can benefit from some of these awesome life hacks.

Hacks in Order:

1. Tree Saw Extension

2. Turn your shelf into a hanging bar

3. Make the corners of your trailer visible

4. Easy way to hang a sign on a fence

5. Spool holder

6. Upgrade your lawn mower handle

7. Laptop holder for your bed or the floor

8. Boat pusher

9. Hide floor wiring

10. Protect your glasses on a trip

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Just remember that PVC is only a form of hard plastic. It can and will break if too much weight or force is applied and injuries can occur. Please use caution when using anything made from PVC. Use of video content for personal projects is at your own risk.

Step 1: Life Hack 1: Tree Saw Extension

Tree Saw Extension

Parts Needed:

- 1-inch PVC pipe

- Coupling

- T-connector

- Zip Ties

Tools Needed:

- Drill

- Marker

Have you ever wanted to cut down a tree limb, but it was just a little too high to reach?

Here is a great way to solve that problem.

I took a small section of 1-inch PVC pipe and placed it against the saw.

I made a couple of marks where the saw and pipe intersected.

I then drilled some holes into the pipe.

I attached the pipe to the saw using some zip ties. Rope could also work.

I then added a coupling to the back of the first pipe.

The coupling now allows me to add a long pipe to extend the saw much higher into the tree.

I also added a T-connector to the back of the long pipe for a hand grip.

The saw works well at cutting down small limbs.

Step 2: Life Hack 2: Transform Your Shelf With a Hanging Bar

Transform your Shelf with a Hanging bar

Most shelves do not have a good place to add clothes hangers.

Even many of the newer metal shelves have small holes but the hangers cannot slide easily.

If you take a piece of 1-inch PVC pipe and add it to the top edge of the shelf, you can now add hangers easily.

Also the pipe keeps things from falling off the shelf.

For metal shelves, you can use zip ties to hold the pipe.

For wooden shelves, you will have to drill a couple holes and add some screws to hold it in place.

Step 3: Life Hack 3: Make the Corners of Your Trailer Visible

Make the Corners of your Trailer Visible

If you have ever tried to back up a small trailer, you have noticed how hard it is to see it.

Now if you add some vertical placed PVC pipe to the corners, it is easier to see where you are going.

Depending on your trailer, you might be able to use some rope or zip ties to keep the pipe in place.

Make sure to paint the pipe a bright color (orange, yellow, etc) so it is easy to see.

Backing should be much easier.

Step 4: Life Hack 4: Easy Way to Hang a Sign on a Fence

Easy way to Hang a Sign on a Fence

Hanging a sign on a fence can sometimes be challenging.

But if you use some PVC pipe, it can be easier.

Cut a piece of pipe about the length of the sign.

Mark the holes of the sign onto the pipe.

Drill some holes into the pipe just big enough to slide in some long bolts.

Push the bolts through the sign and place it on the fence.

Add the PVC to the opposite side of the fence and attach the nuts.

If needed, you could add some washers.

Now the sign is securely attached to the fence.

Step 5: Life Hack 5: Spool Holder

Spool Holder

If you have a 3d printer, then you have a spool of filamentnear by.

Here is a great way to store the spool and use it at the same time.

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PVC needed:

1/2-inch pipe

2 90-degree elbow

2 T-connectors

4 end caps

Tools Needed:

PVC cutter or saw

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The holder is quite simple.

I make an inverted U with pipe and elbows that connect to the T’s on each side.

I then extended some legs from the T-connectors and added caps on the end.

The spool fits on nicely and spins freely.

If the size and weight of the spool is very large, then use larger pipe and fittings.


Step 6: Life Hack 6: Upgrade Your Lawn Mower Handle

Upgrade your Lawn Mower Handle

The pull handle of my lawn mower was a little small, so I upgraded it.

I used a piece of 3/4 inch PVC that I cut to 4-inches long.

I drilled a hole into one side of the PVC, pushed the rope through the hole, and tied a knot.

It now fits in my hand much easier.

Step 7: Life Hack 7: Laptop Holder for Your Bed or the Floor

Laptop holder for your Bed or the Floor

Have you ever been in bed or laying on the floor and wanted to play on your laptop, but did not want to hold it up?

Here is a great way to use PVC to create a Laptop Holder.

The computer is held at a 90 degree angle just above your chest, so you can see the screen easily and still type freely.

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Parts Needed:

- 1/2-inch PVC pipe

- 4 Elbows 90-degree

- 2 specialty 4-way connectors

- 2 T-connectors

- 2 45-degree connectors

- Zip ties or short bungee strap

Tools Needed:

- PVC cutter or saw

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The top section of the holder will vary a little due to the width and height of your laptop.

But you want the width to be a little thinner than the computer.

The top uses 2 elbows to create a rectangle.

The bottom of the rectangle is completed using the specialty 4-way connectors.

The front two holes of the 4-ways are used to hold the laptop, so you need to add the remaining elbows facing upward.

The bottom of the 4-way connects to the 45 degree connectors facing outward.

A small stretch of pipe extends to the T-connectors to create some legs.

The laptop is held on with some zip ties to keep it in place.

If you prefer, you can also use a small bungee strap to hold the computer.

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This is a great project for those who are confined to a bed for a short time.

Step 8: Life Hack 8: Boat Pusher

Boat Pusher

If you have ever had a boat, then you know it sometimes gets stuck on the bottom of the lake.

If you use a piece of 1-inch PVC pipe, it can be a great push bar.

But here are some upgrades.

First add a T-connector to one end for a better hand grip.

Then add end caps to all of the ends.

This should allow it to float if you drop it in the water.

Step 9: Life Hack 9: Hide Floor Wiring

Hide Floor Wiring

If you still have wiring running along the floor, you know it gets in the way sometimes.

Or your animals like to play with it. Or you hit it with the vacuum.

If you use a piece of PVC pipe, you can now keep it covered and out of the way.

You can also paint it to match the base board or carpet.

Step 10: Life Hack 10: Protect Your Glasses on a Hiking Trip

Protect your Glasses on a Hiking Trip

If you ever go on an extended hiking or hunting trip, it is sometimes good to take an extra pair of glasses.

But the standard glasses case is just not good enough for all of that banging around in your backpack.

Instead use a piece of 1.5-inch PVC pipe with end caps to keep your glasses safe.

You will want to wrap your glasses in some cloth before putting them in the pipe.

You can also store some extra stuff in the pipe as well.

Step 11: PART 11: Other PVC Life Hack Videos:

Other PVC Life Hack Videos:

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Just remember that PVC is only a form of hard plastic. It can and will break if too much weight or force is applied and injuries can occur. Please use caution when using anything made from PVC. Use of video content for personal projects is at your own risk.

hiding cords...cut the PVC lengthwise into 1/4s for baseboards...looks much cleaner. paint to match and it looks just like quarter round moulding. for running cords up a wall to a lamp or TV cut it in half lengthwise...again paint to match wall color.
sorry for not replying before now. place the PVC between 2 straight 2x4s or smaller straight boards somewhat thicker than the PVC diameter. place the boards atop another waste board. set your circular saw to cut slightly deeper than the board thickness. find the center between the boards and rip down that line. <br><br>you can also set the saw just deep enough to go through one side of the PVC...rip, flip, and rip again...by flip I mean rotate the PVC 180 degrees.<br><br>Also, using 1&quot; PVC you can make a corner guard by cutting only 1/4 of the PVC away...probably not a solution for home decor...hi good for garages and shops. tack it to the corner with long finish nails...or liquid nails.<br>
<p>i am curious as well, how would you suggest cutting the pvc lengthwise? As I typed, an idea came to mind, but not sure if I have the skill to hold/clamp a pvc pipe and either jigsaw or whatever in a straight line for very much length. I imagine I would have to take it slowly and carefully</p>
I have been playing around with my table saw and it seems to work if you can hold the pipe down with a piece of wood so your hand does not get close to the blade. Also it makes a big mess, so make sure to wear breathing mask.
<p>Having used a table saw, a lot, this is NOT A GOOD IDEA. Much too dangerous. Don't do this. Bad things can happen way too fast if you attempt it. </p>
I like the way you think, but how do you suppose an easy way to cut a long piece of PVC lengthwise?
<p>Haven't tried it but would assume you could do it with a band saw and guide. Probably find a home made guide for cutting dowels length wise on internet (instructables?) which should let you do it. </p>
<p>amazing!</p>
<p>Going to check out your YouTube channel. Lots of good ideas here!</p>
Thank you and enjoy.
<p>Going to check out your YouTube channel. Lots of good ideas here!</p>
<p>great ideas thanks</p>
<p>great ideas thanks</p>
Thank you
<p>Great Job</p>
Thanks
<p>You have put a lot of effort in how to use PVC. You have instilled at least one idea for me. Keep up the good work. </p>
Thank you and glad it helped you.
<p>So you zip tie your laptop to pvc pipe?</p><p>How big is your laptop case?</p><p>&gt;:P</p><p>Sunglasses cases is T.I.T.S tho'</p>
<p>These are really useful, thanks!</p>
Thank you

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