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  • Country Fried Potatoes

    Oh my! This is exactly the way my Polish mother would make them! ::big grin:: Thanks for the recipe. I was thinking about doing something like this recently.

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  • The BEST Tuna Sandwich OF ALL TIME

    I think tuna sandwiches can be made in a zillion ways, sort of like chili, or borsch. :)

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  • Concrete Rhubarb Leaf Garden Decor

    The problem I have with buying premixed concrete is it has gravel in it and I'm using it to cover plastic and foam containers to make "fake rocks" which I use in my (someday it's going to be a) Zen garden. The gravel really screws things up and I can't make it smooth enough. When I took the "Art in the Garden" course at my local college, we did something like that, which is where I got the idea from, we used, what I remember (this was about 10 years ago) just cement and it worked just fine applying it to concrete mesh. I think my problem may be I'm simply not using enough to make it 2" or so thick. I keep experimenting however! :)

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  • Concrete Rhubarb Leaf Garden Decor

    I've been doing concrete stuff for a while now without a respirator, BUT, I'm doing it outdoors where there is plenty of air circulation. Have not had a problem. Of course, I'm also doing this in very small batches whereas if someone's working with a whole bag of cement, or even a half bag, that will make a difference.Also, every time I add sand to the mix the finished concrete falls apart. What am I doing wrong?

    thanks

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  • The BEST Tuna Sandwich OF ALL TIME

    Where's the olives? Where's the onions? Best tuna sandwich I ever ate was from a little old Polish lady in Philadelphia who had a cart on 12th and Sansom where she sold sandwiches. Then there was this place on 7th and Market Streets called "Hunger!" that had tuna sandwiches where they topped the sandwich with any kind of cheese you liked and then stuck it under the broiler for a few minutes. Yummy! Was addicted to that!

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  • Recycled Flowers From DVDs, CDs, and Floppy Disks

    Oh, I just went to your instructable. Those are gorgeous!

    Thanks! I'll try that in the future.

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  • shalnachywyt commented on JohnShute's instructable A Bewitched Book
    A Bewitched Book

    Well, you're whole project is light years beyond my ability, but I love what you did.

    Any possibility of making it so that you can say a "magic word" and then the book starts trying to open?

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  • Carving a Patterned Stone

    I found a really nice stone that already had the suggestion of a face and decided to use my dremel to "enhance" the "image". Nearly broke the dremel. Finally decided to simply paint "eyes" and "lips" onto the stone.

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  • Recycled Flowers From DVDs, CDs, and Floppy Disks

    Instead of epoxy (epoxy and I don't get along.) maybe superglue? What do you think?

    That's a good idea!

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  • "Resistance Is Futile" - How to Become the BORG

    Okay. Now how about doing a Cyberman?

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  • Autonomous Robotic Defense System

    would this keep cats (and other critters like raccoons) out of a garden?

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  • Moai From Recycled Foam

    I was able to find some pictures of the result so you can see what I mean. The first picture is the raw foam and then the others are showing the various components before and after assembly. One of the things I did was to try to paint it using acrylic craft paint so it was sort of bluish-gray. The blue eventually faded. Also, I didn't really put enough concrete on the item so I now have to add concrete to it.

    I learned how to do something like this at an art class "Art for the Garden" sponsored by my local college's art department. The only difference was, we covered the foam with concrete mesh and then covered the mesh with a 2" layer of concrete. I ended up with a miniature (about 3 foot high) "Tori"/butterfly fountain for my "someday it will be a Zen" garden. :) Then I proceeded to take those blasted foam trays that come with meat or fish and covered them with concrete to make "fake rocks". Real rocks are very expensive and heavy to move!

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  • Concrete Garden Fish From Plastic Water Bottles

    Great way to recycle plastic bottles, especially since many local government "recycling" centers don't take plastic anymore because "the market dropped out of it.". :(

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  • shalnachywyt commented on MaskMarvl's instructable Tardis Mailbox
    Tardis Mailbox

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I've been meaning to make something like this so the packages I send out can fit. All I have to do now is scale it up.

    I'll have to get a real TARDIS because I don't know when I'll be able to make it and I'll probably have to go back in time to show you. :)

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  • Adjustable No-Sew Mask

    Should the glue being used be fabric glue or could regular superglue or hot glue be used?

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  • Reverse Glass Painting

    Ha! Ha! Ha! No. Probably subconscious! SMH Just goes to show you that I obviously didn't proofread the comment before posting, something I complain about other people doing all the time! ::looks abashed::

    Back in the 2000-to 2006 when I was taking art classes at my local collage, I attempted to do something like this after seeing another artist do it. It failed terribly. I think part of the problem was that I was not using acrylic paint, but oil, and I was trying to paint on an acrylic surface instead of glass. Since then I've met up with a woman artist who does the most incredible glass painting I've seen in a long time, but she uses glass paint and not acrylic paint.Anyhow, you've inspired me to try this again, this time with the proper tools.

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  • How to Attach Railing Posts to a Deck Frame

    Great idea! Wish I had this when I was building my south deck. Ah well... :)

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  • DIY Swing With Arbor

    Love this! Came just in time for me as well!

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  • ZENCUBE: SPACE/NOT SPACE

    My first thought was, "Oh goody! Somebody created a large-sized hypercube!" Then I realized it wasn't. :( Anyhow, you've inspired me to actually create a large-sized hypercube!

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  • A Bench for the Garden With Scrapped Steel and Wood

    Nice! I don't have any scrap steel lying around, but you've given me an idea to repurpose PVC pipe to do something similar. Hmmmm.... (goes off to find the drawing book and start sketching ideas.)

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  • Trellised Garden Retreat/Gazebo/Arbor From Pallet Wood

    Thanks so much for your reply and the link. Will look at it! Stay safe!

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  • Trellised Garden Retreat/Gazebo/Arbor From Pallet Wood

    The way to prevent poultry from flying is to clip one of the wings. It really doesn't hurt them any more than cutting your nails hurts you, but it does prevent them from flying up into trees and or other places you don't want them to go. You don't clip all of the wings, just the primary flight feathers and you only need to cut one side of the feathers. Here's a YouTube video on how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=750NtdtUgWI

    I presume that the enclosure is raccoon proof? My new neighbor had 30+ chickens including one Polish (gorgeous bird!), but when he enclosed the small barn in chicken wire, something got in and ATE all of his birds. :( I think it was a raccoon, but he thought it might have been a bobcat! (Didn't know we had those up here in NE TN.) My birds (2) are in a moveable coop which I "over engineered" so that nothing could get in (and sometimes that includes me!). They're about 4 years old now and still laying. One of them is a black sex-linked bird who is so tame, she lets me pet her. The golden-laced Wyandote is skittish, however

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  • The Backyard Rabbit (or Quail) Coop

    A neighbor built a rabbit hutch about 10 years ago and in his, he has a portion of the floor made out of wood to give the rabbit(s) some relief from walking on wire, as well as a small enclosed space so they feel safe. I also understand that rabbits seem to pick one spot as their toilet, which is usually away from the "house" portion. Just some suggestions.

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  • Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

    Like the basic recipe. I'd switch out the macha for blueberries, raspberries, ground up pistachios, coconut, etc.

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  • Convertible Backyard A-frame Fort From a Swing Set.

    This would make an excellent greenhouse!

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  • Rhubarb Leaf Birdbath

    How clever to use a garbage can cover for your form!

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  • Cedar Garden Shed

    That's not a "garden shed"; that's an awesome tiny house! :) Thanks for detailed build. I'm dreaming of building a "small" (relatively speaking) teahouse and this gives me lots of instruction on how to build it.

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  • Make a Temporary Tattoo Using Tape and Printer

    How in the world did you jump from the idea of "poisoning yourself through your skin" to "don't use knives or scissors"? Based upon your comment, you shouldn't cross the street, drive a car, or for that matter, get up out of bed in the morning because something bad might happen. Really, did common sense suddenly leave the human race when the millennium turned?

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  • Solar Powered Compost Drum System

    Great idea! Love to see your "failed experiments" as I normally call mine.

    You might want to try making one like this gal who explains the build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzGaXMVmsUo Granted, they're heavy, but I put three handles on each end and it makes the turning easier.

    Oh! I built one of those and if you don't have a ton a compost to sift, the crank handle is sufficient and you'll be surprised at how much gets sifted just turning the thing.

    Well, some people learn from their mistakes, others' don't!

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  • Make a Temporary Tattoo Using Tape and Printer

    Seems to me, based on all the responses, and not just yours, that this is A BAD IDEA, but then again, it's a teenager coming up with this. ::shrugs::

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  • shalnachywyt commented on WesH31's instructable Bunkie/Sleep Camp
    Bunkie/Sleep Camp

    That explains your patience in building this. Did you have anyone helping you? I'm trying to build the deck by myself which is forcing me to become very creative when trying to lift a heavy beam or come up with another way to do things.

    Very clever!

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  • shalnachywyt commented on WesH31's instructable Bunkie/Sleep Camp
    Bunkie/Sleep Camp

    Cripes! This is soooo professional! I'm retired too and having a hard time just building a deck and you go and build a house! Awesome! What type of teaching did you do before you retired?

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  • One Pan Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Salmon

    I love salmon; I love spinach; I can't stand artichokes, but! I can substitute asparagus or some other veggie. Anyhow... Wonderful recipe! Thanks.

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  • Whisky Barrel Chair

    Very nice Adirondack chair made from a whiskey barrel.

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  • shalnachywyt commented on Not_Tasha's instructable One Pot Carnitas
    One Pot Carnitas

    I've made something similar. Whenever I slow cook meat in a crock pot I always add some wine which acts as a tenderizer even for leaner meats. The alcohol boils away and you're left with incredible flavor.

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  • Stargate Goa'uld Ring & Pendant With LED

    Blast! I'd love to make something like this being a huge Stargate fan, but alas! I don't have a 3-D printer and that is way beyond my budget at present. I love the instructable, however!

    Unfortunately that's still waaayyy beyond my budget. :(

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  • Aeroponic Barrel Garden

    This reminds me of when I lived in Martin County, FL, and was in charge of a commercial hydroponic greenhouse where we grew tomatoes for the local market. Of course, what you've got here is a very scaled down version.I would suggest that you frequently check the Ph level of the water you're using to make sure it's not too acid or too alkaline, and adjust accordingly. Commercially, we used (believe it or not!) battery acid to make sure it was the right Ph. Nowadays, I cringe at that, but back then, as a young 20-something, I hadn't a clue!

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  • HeliosCap: Hard Drive Sun Tracker Heliostat for Fixed Telescope (Part 1)

    Ha! I have quite of few dead hard drives and got all excited about this and then... I saw you need a 3-D printer, which I don't have, and that Arduino stuff, which I also don't have and since I have no money to buy either my excitement nosedived like a failed rocket launch. Oh well. :(

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  • Deck Design & Construction

    Well this is timely! I'm in the middle of constructing the deck that is supposed to connect my west deck to the staircase on the south. Due to an (expletive deleted) appraising insisting I build a staircase to a door that is never used, I had to build the staircase first which was not my original plan. Anyhow, your instructable will help me with building my own deck. Thanks!

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  • DIY Neuralyzer and Men in Black Costume

    Good point, but I would probably close my eyes, or turn away to not see the flash. Furthermore, I cannot be hypnotized (it's been tried on me and doesn't work) and have an extremely resilient memory so I would probably remember it anyhow. :)

    "A Neuralyzer is a top-secret device used by the Men (and women) in Black that has the ability to wipe the minds of anyone who sees the flash." Oh I can see this being really useful, if only it was real. Sigh... Wishful thinking.

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  • Super Easy Raised Garden Bed

    Glad to see everyone realizes that even the so-called "copper"-treated wood is still toxic. I've used composit decking instead of real wood as that lasts forever and the real wood I used (cedar) didn't last even 4 years here in NE TN. I would suggest lining the beds, especially if you've raised them three or four high, with landscape fabric so the soil doesn't wash out between the boards.

    As I noted above, I use composit decking which is more expensive but lasts forever and doesn't have the problems with even copper-based treatments. Also the blasted borer bees aren't attracted to it.

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  • Starting a Scrap Garden

    Appreciate the clarification. Since the avocado will be an indoor (in wintertime)/outdoor (in summertime) potted tree, I expect I'll have lots of bees visiting me. :)

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  • Make Many Fabric Masks at Home

    Thanks for posting this. I was out of some essential "materials" like elastic, but your showing how to make bias tape got me thinking: I've GOT bias tape so I can use that instead! Great tutorial.

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  • Dutch Oven BLACK Bread

    While this looks interesting, I'd suggest people read the WebMD article on it BEFORE you attempt to make this because there are some medications that interact with Activated Charcoal plus, there might be other risks that you would be unaware of. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/activated-charcoal-uses-risks#1To mitigate any possible medical problems, why not just use food coloring instead? Real Russian Blackbread is basically a rye bread, but some folks add chocolate to the mix to make the bread darker.

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  • Huge DIY Concrete Face Garden Sculpture

    Oh thank you! This is similar to what I learned when I took my local college's "Art in the Garden" course, but I definitely needed a refresher.

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  • How to Shou Sugi Ban Wood Burning on Deck Boards - Beginner's Guide

    Is the wood decking treated or untreated wood? Would it work on treated wood?

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  • shalnachywyt commented on Honus's instructable Seven Layer Cookie Bars
    Seven Layer Cookie Bars

    Oooooo!!! A friend just gave me a whole bag of pecans from her pecan tree! Thanks for the idea!

    I just bought chocolate chess bars from the grocery store, and then I see this... :) Oy! I'm going to gain weight again. :(

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  • "Easy" Infinity Cube

    Hey look! It's bigger on the inside! :)

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  • Softdrink Bottle Hothouse

    Yeah, that's what I was thinking as well, but when I searched for "how long before plastic degrades" I got "450 years or so, which surprised me. That's why I'm hesitant to build something like this. Frankly I have a lot of old swimming pool liners lining my raised garden beds and they've lasted almost 10 years, much to my surprise.

    Apparently it takes about 450 years before the plastic bottles will degrade. Instead of poking a hole through the bottles to stack them, I think somehow being able to stack the bottles on the north and possibly west side of the greenhouse on top of each other and fill them with a dark liquid would assist in keeping the greenhouse warm in areas where there are very cold winters. You've given me an idea and I'll try to come up with a plan. (Like I need more projects! ::smile::)

    No, I was not using Krylon made for plastic paint. Maybe that was the problem. On the other hand, the idea of using "used" cooking oil instead of water is a great idea! Thanks.!

    I've tried doing that with other pieces of plastic and the paint just peels off in the sun. I'd fill the bottles with water dyed with acrylic paint, which seems to work better.

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  • DIY $5 Heated Chicken Waterer

    I've tried using them for my birds. They turned up their beaks at it. :(

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  • Building a Soil Sifter / Rotary Trommel

    Based on some YouTube videos I saw, I built a hand cranked version before I saw this one because my garden is about 300 feet away from an electrical outlet and I refuse to use gasoline to power anything. I was also very pleasantly surprised at how easy hand cranked version was to use. To answer some questions other posters made - if you use 1/2 inch hardware cloth, the coffee beans might go through the holes, however, if you use 1/4 inch hardware cloth, that should do the trick. Why do you have whole coffee beans? Haven't you ground them and ground coffee is awesome to add to a compost pile.For those not aware, I just learned that shredded black/white paper is compostable. Apparently since ink is now soy-based, it can be added to any compost, but it needs to be shredded to help speed …

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    Based on some YouTube videos I saw, I built a hand cranked version before I saw this one because my garden is about 300 feet away from an electrical outlet and I refuse to use gasoline to power anything. I was also very pleasantly surprised at how easy hand cranked version was to use. To answer some questions other posters made - if you use 1/2 inch hardware cloth, the coffee beans might go through the holes, however, if you use 1/4 inch hardware cloth, that should do the trick. Why do you have whole coffee beans? Haven't you ground them and ground coffee is awesome to add to a compost pile.For those not aware, I just learned that shredded black/white paper is compostable. Apparently since ink is now soy-based, it can be added to any compost, but it needs to be shredded to help speed up deterioration.

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  • shalnachywyt commented on AussieAlf's instructable Planter Tub Cover
    Planter Tub Cover

    Yes, we went through a terrible dry spell of about six weeks and I lost about five small yew trees; all of the six boxwood bushes I bought last year to place in my (someday!) Zen garden and a few other plants as well. (That's what I get for not transplanting them into larger pots.) Strangely enough, the ajuga, which I was convinced was dead, survived after the rain finally came. (Okay, I got it on sale for six plants for $1, so if it died I wouldn't have freaked.) I do like the look of that burned wood, however. I've seen something like that done to Japanese traditional houses and fences. Apparently the "burned" wood acts like a water repellent, however, I thought from other videos I've seen that the water-repellent only seems to work on cedar and/or other naturally resistant…

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    Yes, we went through a terrible dry spell of about six weeks and I lost about five small yew trees; all of the six boxwood bushes I bought last year to place in my (someday!) Zen garden and a few other plants as well. (That's what I get for not transplanting them into larger pots.) Strangely enough, the ajuga, which I was convinced was dead, survived after the rain finally came. (Okay, I got it on sale for six plants for $1, so if it died I wouldn't have freaked.) I do like the look of that burned wood, however. I've seen something like that done to Japanese traditional houses and fences. Apparently the "burned" wood acts like a water repellent, however, I thought from other videos I've seen that the water-repellent only seems to work on cedar and/or other naturally resistant woods. ::shrugs::

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  • shalnachywyt commented on AussieAlf's instructable Planter Tub Cover
    Planter Tub Cover

    Very nice. While I love the look of wood, I think in my climate that would attract every termite in the county. I think the real problem with your tree, however, is that it's in a pot that is way too small for the root system, judging by its height. I think you need to repot it and put some mulch on the top of the planter to help cool the root system down. Also get rid of the grass growing in the pot. That's just competing with the tree for nutrients.I have an orange tree as well that I put outside in the summertime (I'm in the mountains of East Tennessee and it can get up to the high 30s (Centigrade; high 90s Fahrenheit) so I keep it well watered as well. My tree is only about three feet tall (one meter) right now; but it's in a pot that is about 18 inches in diameter by 15 inches hig…

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    Very nice. While I love the look of wood, I think in my climate that would attract every termite in the county. I think the real problem with your tree, however, is that it's in a pot that is way too small for the root system, judging by its height. I think you need to repot it and put some mulch on the top of the planter to help cool the root system down. Also get rid of the grass growing in the pot. That's just competing with the tree for nutrients.I have an orange tree as well that I put outside in the summertime (I'm in the mountains of East Tennessee and it can get up to the high 30s (Centigrade; high 90s Fahrenheit) so I keep it well watered as well. My tree is only about three feet tall (one meter) right now; but it's in a pot that is about 18 inches in diameter by 15 inches high (45.7 cm by 38.1 cm) and I keep it pruned to about three feet (one meter). I purchased it last year (2018) and it was only about half the height it is now and over the summer last year and this year it doubled in height! Here's more info on growing any kind of citrus in a container (take the spaces out):https : // www . kellogggarden . com / citrus-trees / 8-tips-growing-citrus-containers /

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  • Build a Wheelchair Ramp

    I'm surprised you didn't extend the deck over to where the sliding glass doors are.

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  • Homemade Bullerjan Stove

    What is the minimum room size (x feet by x feet) that this stove will heat? What is the maximum room size (x feet by x feet). Thanks.

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  • Corten Steel Wicking Beds

    While along with others, I hesitate to use any type of steel (where the heck would you get something like that in the US and in my climate (NE Tennessee) that would probably rust so darn fast...) I like the idea of burying some what looks like to me, drainage pipe on the bottom. I would probably use smaller 1/2" PVC pipe with holes drilled in it because of the smaller size of the beds I have. At any rate, nice idea!

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  • DIY Drill Charging Station and Sandpaper Organizer

    Oh could I use this! But where to put it? All my wall space is taken up with shelves, paintings, photos, notes, etc. Hmmmmm.... (thinking, thinking, thinking...)

    Thanks for the reply. My "workshop" actually consists of a portion of the walk-in closet in my bathroom because there's nowhere else to store things like tools and nails and screws etc. I might be able to build this and rearrange things. Gotta think about this for a while. Thanks again!

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  • Build a Garden Room

    So about $3,700 US money. You're right. Would be cheaper doing it yourself than having someone else build it. Thanks!

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  • Solar Powered Creepy Garden Gnomes!

    I LOVE THIS!!! Great even AFTER and BEFORE Halloween! :)

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  • Build a Garden Room

    Did you cant the roof so water would run off? Awesome build. How much did the materials cost you? Like the idea of using it as your own private gym.

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  • shalnachywyt commented on Kerico's instructable Raised Bed Greenhouse
    Raised Bed Greenhouse

    Oy! I've been using straw bales as mulch in my garden for at least 10 years. Unfortunately, this year, where ever Lowes was getting their straw bales from, the farmer obviously doesn't understand that straw is what's left over after the wheat seeds have been harvested. The result was that instead of mulch, I ended up with wheat growing in my beds. What a mess! It took me forever to yank out the growing wheat, which sprouts and grows very quickly in my zone 6b/7a garden. I've decided to use pine straw instead for a few years. When done properly, yes, whatever you're using as mulch does rot down into soil. However, I've noticed that if I don't, at least, turn over the bed with a fork, the rain packs the soil down so hard that it is almost impossible to plant anything in it.

    I have corrugated roofing on the canopy over my deck. It's at least 10 years old and haven't had any problems with it other than some black mold(?) on the underside where leaks sometimes occur during very heavy rains because of the way it was constructed by this completely clueless builder (ha ha). Anyhow, because it's basically out in the open with plenty of air circulation, I don't really consider it a problem. You've got me concerned and I'll have to do some research on longevity. Thanks for the update.

    If you're in a colder zone (7 or less) you might want to consider either glass or acrylic. I've used the flat acrylic that I got from Lowes and that works very well and doesn't break down as fast as 6 mil does. It's a bit expensive, but the idea was to build it once and never need to replace it. However, if you have a problem with high winds in your area (I do), you need to make sure that the places where you can open the frame is locked down tight whenever high winds are expected or your frame with end up in pieces. That has happened to me more than once. :( I've also considered using the clear corrugated roofing material to cover the frame, as I've seen that in other pics online.I always suggest that folks do online research to see how others do cold frames to get ideas on how to …

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    If you're in a colder zone (7 or less) you might want to consider either glass or acrylic. I've used the flat acrylic that I got from Lowes and that works very well and doesn't break down as fast as 6 mil does. It's a bit expensive, but the idea was to build it once and never need to replace it. However, if you have a problem with high winds in your area (I do), you need to make sure that the places where you can open the frame is locked down tight whenever high winds are expected or your frame with end up in pieces. That has happened to me more than once. :( I've also considered using the clear corrugated roofing material to cover the frame, as I've seen that in other pics online.I always suggest that folks do online research to see how others do cold frames to get ideas on how to build to suit one's own needs.

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  • shalnachywyt commented on Kerico's instructable Raised Bed Greenhouse
    Raised Bed Greenhouse

    Your bed is considerably larger than the one I have planned.

    What zone are you in? I'm allegedly in Zone 7a, but I think practically I'm in Zone 6b.

    You've given me some ideas on how to fix a bed that was meant for herbs by turning it into a winter greenhouse. I, however, would not use wood, but composite lumber or concrete since neither rots. Otherwise, fantastic project!

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  • shalnachywyt commented on tkivett1.'s instructable Golfish Pond
    Golfish Pond

    Very nice. What I like is that you have this pond in a shady area where it's less likely that algae will grow. The following suggestions come from conversations I had with a friend who does above ground pool installations. I would suggest that putting down a plastic sheet on the ground first, then cover it with old carpet to act as a buffer, then put down another plastic sheet between the carpet and the liner and then the liner. This helps to keep any small rocks that you are unaware of from poking up into your liner and tearing it, and cushions the liner as it is filled with water.I hope you enjoy your pool for many years to come. Hopefully next year, I will start on my pond.

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  • Please, please! DO NOT USE TREATED WOOD. Regardless of the claims that it is perfectly safe to raise vegetables in, it is not. Similarly, BigandRed's idea of using shellac flakes and thinners will also poison you eventually as the water from rain etc, will absorb those poisons and the plants will take up that water within themselves. The pool liner will eventually break down as well. I have pool liner lining the paths in my concrete-bed raised garden and tiny pieces of it have been blown into the beds by the wind which necessitates taking time to pick them out of the dirt.

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  • I believe there is some type of clear coating you can put on the copper so it doesn't tarnish and ruin the beautiful rainbow coloring. From some quick research looks like Rustoleum's Crystal Clear Enamel might do the trick.

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  • A neighbor of mine has one very similar, but of heavier, design. Raccoon got in and ate three of his chickens. Covering the tractor with chicken wire is inviting a raccoon to tear it open and get at your flock. Use hardware cloth which is harder for them to get their claws into. Also, made the frame heavier on the bottom so the raccoon can't lift it. (Yes they can do that.) That same neighbor had rabbits in a cage that was four feet off the ground. Raccoon got into the cage through a small crack and dragged the rabbit out of the cage to eat him. On the run I have attached to the coop I have, I made the bottom of the frame from composite lumber which helps prevent rotting from the lumber touching the ground. You also need to have some horizontal "perches" for them to roost…

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    A neighbor of mine has one very similar, but of heavier, design. Raccoon got in and ate three of his chickens. Covering the tractor with chicken wire is inviting a raccoon to tear it open and get at your flock. Use hardware cloth which is harder for them to get their claws into. Also, made the frame heavier on the bottom so the raccoon can't lift it. (Yes they can do that.) That same neighbor had rabbits in a cage that was four feet off the ground. Raccoon got into the cage through a small crack and dragged the rabbit out of the cage to eat him. On the run I have attached to the coop I have, I made the bottom of the frame from composite lumber which helps prevent rotting from the lumber touching the ground. You also need to have some horizontal "perches" for them to roost on at night, and an enclosed space where the nest(s) will be. Otherwise, nice idea.

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