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  • IvliaB commented on lukeg22woo's instructable Design and Build a Tiny House2 weeks ago
    Design and Build a Tiny House

    Even if you wash by hand I can't recommend highly enough that you get some sort of spin dryer. You can make a simple centrofuge yourself, think outsize salad spinner. But it will remove excess water which will make drying clothes so much quicker and easier, especially in winter. It will even make drying your towel and flannel after a shower quicker and easier, not to mention tea towels etc. You don't need electric (though it makes life easier and you can get great washer/spinner combinations designed for caravans) cause even a hand operated one (suitable geared obviously) makes life so much easier.

    This would probably depend where you live. In New Zealand for example you have to have your trailer every year just as you would a car, don't know what you call it in the US but it's MOT/NCT/warrent of fitness in UK/RoI/NZ. I believe the same might be needed in Europe, caravans certainly do so a trailer house probably would as well. Look in the Highway Code/Road Code booklet or on-line, that would tell you. What I do know is that if you're in an accident of any kind the insurance may not pay out if they deem the item being towed to be unsafe in any way, shape or form (and they can be nitpicking in this regard, used to work in insurance). I would recommend you check, ask, and check again. Also, do different states have different regulations, if so that could catch you out as well. Bette...

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    This would probably depend where you live. In New Zealand for example you have to have your trailer every year just as you would a car, don't know what you call it in the US but it's MOT/NCT/warrent of fitness in UK/RoI/NZ. I believe the same might be needed in Europe, caravans certainly do so a trailer house probably would as well. Look in the Highway Code/Road Code booklet or on-line, that would tell you. What I do know is that if you're in an accident of any kind the insurance may not pay out if they deem the item being towed to be unsafe in any way, shape or form (and they can be nitpicking in this regard, used to work in insurance). I would recommend you check, ask, and check again. Also, do different states have different regulations, if so that could catch you out as well. Better safe than sorry.

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  • IvliaB commented on jessyratfink's instructable homemade dry shampoo7 months ago
    homemade dry shampoo

    The vodka is added to ensure it won't go rancid. Can use plain alcohol, the stuff you buy to make your own liqueurs as well, unscented. If you like the scent use gin. The alcohol content is the important part if you want to make this to last. The more alcohol, within reason, the longer it will last.

    As an aside that is slightly unrelated. For those who have infestations of head lice - kids at school are main carriers - I have found that a mix of several different oils incl. Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme and Tea Tree mixed in with olive oil and applied - with a spray bottle - every couple of days gets rid of lice. Commercial products didn't work when local school had a bad outbreak so used this after asking an aromatherapist friend. Leaves hair greasy but just braided it, upside was no more headlice for the next 4 years til she left for secondary school. Was thinking I wish I'd known about the dry shampoo mixes back then, could have used it at night before brushing/combing next morning, adding more oils and rebraiding. Would have helped brush/comb out dead lice. Will be directing friend...

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    As an aside that is slightly unrelated. For those who have infestations of head lice - kids at school are main carriers - I have found that a mix of several different oils incl. Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme and Tea Tree mixed in with olive oil and applied - with a spray bottle - every couple of days gets rid of lice. Commercial products didn't work when local school had a bad outbreak so used this after asking an aromatherapist friend. Leaves hair greasy but just braided it, upside was no more headlice for the next 4 years til she left for secondary school. Was thinking I wish I'd known about the dry shampoo mixes back then, could have used it at night before brushing/combing next morning, adding more oils and rebraiding. Would have helped brush/comb out dead lice. Will be directing friends to this site for recipe to use for above purposes. Thanks, talc/baby powder just doesn't work the same when mixed with oils.

    Don't know if they are in the US but the british firm Boots Chemists sell own brand mineral face powder in round containers with a perforated inner lid and big brush. Can easily be reused when empty for other powders. Have several with remains of solid powder products that have broken in use like bronzer and stuff. Break it down and put in an old mineral container and label. Really useful. Other companies must make them as well.

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  • IvliaB commented on blkhawk's instructable House built with plastic and glass bottles11 months ago
    House built with plastic and glass bottles

    Except cement/concrete buildings built by the Romans over 2000 years ago are still standing, and in the case of one combined earthquake/flood the roman built concrete bridge was the ONLY building left standing. All the modern ones were ruins.

    Ask all your friends to save their empty plastic water and soda bottles. You'll be surprised how fast the pile grows and you're helping the recycling effort as well.

    See my comment above. Watch a series call Grand Designs available on YouTube and look for the episode that involves an entire house built from glass bottles and mud/concrete. The presenter is both an architect and an engineer and knows his stuff. If you are interested at all in this kind of building you need to watch this series, though as it's been on TV in the UK for 15 years you will have a number of episodes to sort through, but it's well worth it and very informative.

    Look on YouTube for a series called Grand Designs. In there you will f ind some houses built using bottles and another built using used car tires. They show you exactly how they are built and go from plot of ground to finished project being lived in. May answer some of your questions. Is certainly done in Europe as the above programme shows.

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  • IvliaB commented on GLOB_Youtube's instructable Cardboard Tube Bird Feeder 1 year ago
    Cardboard Tube Bird Feeder

    Sounds like a great idea but what to the birds cling on to while trying to feed. Plus, in my garden it would last about 2min before the food was gone and I had to replace it. A full plastic version of this with mixed seed on the inside gets emptied daily, and that only caters for a few varieties of birds. I won't mention all the others we feed.Yes, we live in the countryside but feeding the birds is great for the parents feeding chicks and for the chicks themselves when they first leave the nest. It also provides hours of entertainment for our house cat.

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